Circulating polio virus in New York; CDC Monkeypox Vaccine Stock Program

September 20, 2022

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New York government Kathy Hochul recently announced a state of emergency due to the polio virus detected in the wastewater samples from several counties in the state, as well as New York City.

This polio detection, in addition to the recent case of paralytic polio in New York, was sufficient to meet the WHO definition of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus, according to the CDC. The state’s focus is now shifting to expanding vaccination and reducing exposure risk to unvaccinated populations. It was the top story in infectious diseases last week.

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Another top story involved the CDC’s launch of a pilot program for shares of a monkeypox vaccine. The goal of the program is to expand vaccination to communities most at risk.

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HHS secretary urges ID to ‘make a move of this moment’

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