My hunch about America’s first polio case in over a decade is confirmed.
Like the recent poliovirus detection in the United Kingdom, the case reported in New York is vaccine-derived polio.
Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb commented on CNBC that the CDC confirmed the 20-year-old male has a vaccine-induced infection.
But what’s really interesting is the additional remarks Gottlieb made about the case.
🚨🚨🚨 Dr. Scott Gottlieb says the #Polio Case in NY was confirmed by the CDC as a VACCINE-INDUCED INFECTION from the oral polio vaccine that’s still used in Ukraine, where a 20 year old male likely migrated from due to the 🇺🇦 war. pic.twitter.com/Of4KE091hl
— TexasLindsay™ (@TexasLindsay_) July 23, 2022
“It was confirmed by the CDC that showed it was a vaccine-induced infection from the oral polio vaccine which isn’t used here in the U.S.,” Gottlieb explained.
“What’s unclear is whether or not this individual, a 20-year-old male, contracted that here in the U.S. or overseas. There was some reporting that he recently traveled to Hungary and Poland, which suggests he may have gotten it out of the country.”
“The place where it’s being used right now is in Ukraine because they are experiencing an outbreak of vaccine-derived poliovirus,” he added.
“They’ve been vaccinating children with the oral poliovirus. It’s possible that people migrated out of Ukraine into Poland and Hungary, brought some cases into those countries and perhaps contracted it there.”
In Ukraine, one case of polio, caused by vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (VDPV2), has been confirmed. A VDPV2 was isolated from a case of acute flaccid paralysis (a 17-month old girl), from Rivne province (in the north-west of the country), and from six healthy contacts (siblings of the girl).
The reintroduction of the wild-type poliovirus or circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) is a sizeable threat in the Ukraine, which is considered a high-risk country for vaccine-preventable infections, including poliomyelitis, an extremely dangerous disease that causes paralysis in children. The situation has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in eastern Ukraine, and ongoing healthcare reforms, scientists from Ukraine explained ASM Microbe, the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.