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The Americas are at risk of polio outbreak due to disruptions by the pandemic, experts say – CNN

https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/23/health/polio-outbreak-risk-covid-19/index.html

Coverage in 2020 may be lower “due to disruptions in main health care activities brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to PAHO.

Once, Polio
was a typical virus. In some young kids it can impact the nerves and trigger muscle weakness or paralysis. There is no treatment and no treatment but getting vaccinated can avoid infection.

Countries in the region must keep polio vaccinations and monitoring during the pandemic to avoid an outbreak, according to specialists at the Pan American Health Company (PAHO).

Ruiz said that strong political dedication from federal governments, tactical collaborations between worldwide companies, and the work of health care employees contributed to the success to the regions battle against the virus.
” Without all of these things, we would not be where we are today,” stated Ruiz.
Reported protection for the polio vaccine for the Americas between 2016 and 2019 ranged between 85-87%, according to PAHO.

” Although as a region we have beat polio when previously, if we allow vaccination coverage rates to fall and become too low, we will be at risk for polio circulation in our neighborhoods once again,” said PAHO Director Carissa Etienne. “That is why it is more vital than ever to do our part to sustain and safeguard polio removal in our region while we wait for countries in other parts of the world to achieve this goal,” Etienne included.
The pandemic has stressed immunization and monitoring systems designed to react and capture to vaccine-preventable diseases, according to PAHO.

” Now throughout the pandemic, we should work additional tough to not lose what we have actually acquired,” said Cuauhtemoc Ruiz Matus, head of PAHOs Immunization Program.