Jul 21, 2022
By Christine Ross
New York is reporting the first U.S. polio case in nearly a decade.
A resident has tested positive for the highly contagious viral disease that can cause muscle weakness, paralysis and death.
Officials didn’t offer details on whether the person was vaccinated or their current condition.
State officials said it appeared the person had a vaccine-derived strain of the virus, perhaps from someone who got live vaccine – available in other countries, but not the U.S. – and spread it.
In 1979, polio was declared eliminated in the U.S.
Rarely, travellers with polio have brought infections into the U.S., with the last such case in 2013 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Canada has been polio-free since 1994.