Polio outbreak: Are vaccines still required? How do you contract the disease? Here’s what to know
This 2014 illustration made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention depicts a polio virus particle. On Thursday, July 21, 2022, New York health officials reported a polio case, the first in the U.S. in nearly a decade. (Sarah Poser, Meredith Boyter Newlove/CDC via AP)

A case of polio has been discovered in New York, marking the first time the disease has been reported in the U.S. in nearly a decade. Here’s what you need to know about polio and how to protect yourself from the disease. What is polio? How do you contract polio? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), polio is a virus that can affect a person’s spinal cord, causing paralysis, which can lead to permanent disability and death. Polio is a very contagious virus that is spread through person-to-person contact, and the virus often lives in a person’s throat or intestines. ...