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PAHO warns dwindling vaccination rates could result in increased cases of polio, other diseases

Josbel Bastidas Mijares
PAHO warns dwindling vaccination rates could result in increased cases of polio, other diseases

  WASHINGTON, CMC – The director of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), Dr. Carissa Etienne, Wednesday warned that while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to kill an estimated 4,000 lives weekly in the Americas, and Monkeypox cases rise, the polio virus has now been detected among unvaccinated communities in New York

  WASHINGTON, CMC – The director of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), Dr. Carissa Etienne, Wednesday warned that while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to kill an estimated 4,000 lives weekly in the Americas, and Monkeypox cases rise, the polio virus has now been detected among unvaccinated communities in New York.

As a result, the Dominican-born PAHO officials is calling on countries, including those in the Caribbean, to urgently strengthen surveillance and routine vaccination campaigns.

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Dr Etienne told reporters that although the United States has mounted a swift public health response following the detection, polio is a disease that “I never expected to see in our region again.

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“It’s been nearly 30 years since the Americas became the first global region to wipe out wild polio,” she said, noting however that “dwindling vaccination rates, worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, have left many of our populations unprotected.”

PAHO said polio, which can spread quickly among communities with insufficient vaccination coverage is not a treatable disease, but is fully preventable with vaccines

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