A recent case in a New York suburb has reignited concerns over the disease.
During the slog of yet another Covid wave, and mounting monkeypox anxieties, health officials in a New York suburb reported a case of polio in July — the first detected in the United States in nearly a decade.
State health officials said that polio was detected in an unvaccinated person in Rockland County, New York, and that the virus had been found in county wastewater samples in June, as well as in wastewater samples in two different locations in Orange County, New York. These occurrences, as well as reports that health officials in Britain had detected evidence of poliovirus in sewage samples in London, have reignited polio concerns.
Here’s what you need to know about the disease.