Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state-wide emergency in relation to the dangerous disease polio. After Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties and New York City, polioviruses were recently found in sewage in Nassau County.
Midwives are now allowed to vaccinate
With the disaster, for example, the network of providers who are allowed to administer a polio vaccination was expanded as an immediate measure – to emergency responders, midwives and pharmacists.
The health authority urged all insufficiently or not vaccinated residents to be immunized. New York’s health officer Mary Bassett appealed in a statement to parents to vaccinate their children quickly: “If your child is not vaccinated or the vaccination status is not up to date, then the risk of a debilitating disease is real.”
Virus often spreads through unclean water
For a long time, the contagious infectious disease was also considered eradicated in the USA. The disclosure of individual cases in the summer raised concerns about the spread in the metropolis of New York. The disease can cause paralysis and death, and small children in particular can suffer permanent paralysis.
The highly contagious virus is often spread through contaminated water. So far there is no cure for polio, the virus is being fought with nationwide vaccinations.
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