A case of polio has been detected in Upstate New York’s Rockland County, the first case of the devastating disease in nearly a decade.
Empire state officials announced detection of the case on Thursday. They believe the case originated outside of the country.
The person was not named, and their age, gender, travel history and vaccination status was not disclosed by New York state officials either.
Last month, a Polio case was detected in the UK, putting many of high alert that America’s 93 percent vaccination coverage was not high enough to deal with a potential outbreak of the virus.
The virus has been nearly eradicated across much of the world after a strong vaccination campaign starting in the 1950s. It remains endemic to Pakistan and Afghanistan, though.