Despite nearly 80% of New Yorkers being vaccinated against Polio by age 2, a small team from the Centers for Disease Control has arrived in the state to prevent an outbreak.
Health officials say they are concerned after a Rockland County resident was confirmed to have polio. That individual was unvaccinated. However, experts warn that when one case is uncovered – there are likely hundreds of others.
That’s because most don’t show symptoms of polio.
The CDC team will help administer vaccines in the impacted area.
The World Health Organization estimates that 1 in 200 polio infections leads to irreversible paralysis. Symptoms can take weeks to appear and include fever, headache, muscle pain and stiffness, as well as vomiting.