DENVER (KDVR) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and health officials are keeping a close eye on the potential spread of polio in the U.S. after the first confirmed case in nearly a decade.
An unvaccinated man contracted the virus in New York, leaving questions for concern especially as children head back to the classroom. There is no cure for the virus, but it is preventable through vaccination and Colorado health officials are urging those who aren’t vaccinated to get the shots.
Polio has crippled communities, mostly through contaminated water, and peaked in the U.S. in 1952. It caused paralysis and death in severe cases.
“This would spread through communities and parents would be terrified,” explained Dr. Daniel Pastula, neuro-infections…
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