NY reports case of polio; the first in the US in a decade

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New York health authorities reported a case of polio on Thursday, the first in the United States in nearly a decade.

The case was detected in an unvaccinated adult residing in Rockland County, but his health status was not detailed.

Polio was once one of the most feared diseases in the country, with annual outbreaks causing thousands of cases of paralysis, many of them in children.

Vaccines became available beginning in 1955, and a national vaccination campaign reduced the annual number of cases in the United States to less than 100 in the 1960s and less than 10 in the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Disease Prevention (CDC).

The United States declared polio eradicated in 1979, meaning it was no longer routinely spread. On rare occasions, travelers with polio have brought the infection to the United States, with the last such case in 2013.

American children are still routinely vaccinated against polio. Health authorities recommend four doses, the first two at 2 months and at 4 months of age. The next applies between 6 and 18 months and the last between 4 and 6 years. Some states require only three doses.

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