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More polio virus detected in upstate New York wastewater

The virus that causes polio has been discovered in wastewater samples from one other upstate New York county, prompting state well being officers to warn of increasing “community spread” of the life-threatening virus

ALBANY, N.Y. — State well being officers in New York are warning of increasing “community spread” of the polio virus after it was discovered in wastewater samples from one other upstate county.

The state Department of Health stated Friday the polio virus was detected in 4 samples from Sullivan County, two every in July and August. Sullivan County is a number of dozen miles northwest of Rockland County, the place officers on July 21 introduced the primary case of polio in the United States in almost a decade. The unidentified younger grownup was unvaccinated.

The Sullivan County samples are genetically-linked to the case of paralytic polio in Rockland County.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett once more urged residents to ensure they’re immunized, saying “one New Yorker paralyzed by polio is already too many.”

“The polio in New York today is an imminent threat to all adults and children who are unvaccinated or not up to date with their polio immunizations,” Bassett stated in a ready launch.

The virus has now been recognized in wastewater samples in three contiguous counties north of New York City: Rockland, Orange and Sullivan. The polio virus additionally has been discovered in New York City sewage.

Officials have stated that it’s attainable that lots of of individuals in the state have gotten polio and don’t comprehend it. Most individuals contaminated with polio haven’t any signs however can nonetheless give the virus to others for days or even weeks.

Polio was as soon as one of many nation’s most feared ailments, with annual outbreaks inflicting 1000’s of circumstances of paralysis. The illness largely impacts kids.

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