The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH) issued a health advisory on August 23, 2022. This advisory shares important information about a case of acute flaccid paralysis caused by Vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (VDPV).
A case of acute flaccid paralysis caused by Vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (VDPV) was reported in an unvaccinated immunocompetent individual from Rockland County, New York in July 2022.
- VDPV has been detected in wastewater samples in NY State, Israel, and the United Kingdom, suggestive of community circulation.
- To prevent the re-emergence of this disease in our community, identify and schedule appointments for children and adults in your practice who are behind on poliovirus and other routine immunizations. There is no treatment once infected other than supportive care.
- Consider polio in symptomatic patients who recently traveled to an area where there is a risk of polio, especially if they are unvaccinated.
- Report all polio, suspect polio, and Acute flaccid myelitis to Los Angeles County DPH by phone within 24 hours.