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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

NY warns of possible “community spread” of polio

Albany, NY ( Associated Press) – New York state health officials issued another urgent call Thursday to vaccinate unvaccinated adults and children against polio, citing new evidence of possible “community spread” of the dreaded virus. did.

Health officials said poliovirus has been detected in seven different sewage samples in two counties adjacent to northern New York City.

So far, only one person has tested positive for polio, an unvaccinated adult in Rockland County who suffered from paralysis.

But based on past outbreaks of the disease, “New Yorkers should be aware that for every case of paralytic polio, hundreds of people may be infected,” said state health commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said in a statement. Release.

“With the latest findings in sewage samples, the department is treating a single case of polio as the tip of the iceberg of a much larger potential spread,” he explained. “As we learn more, what we know is clear: the threat of polio exists in New York today. We must meet this moment by ensuring that adults, including pregnant women and children as young as two months old, get their vaccinations. But up-to-date, the safe protection against this debilitating virus that every New Yorker needs.”

The Rockland County polio patient is the first case of someone infected with the virus in the United States in nearly a decade. Sewage samples collected in June and July in neighboring Orange County also contained the virus.

Polio, once one of the nation’s most dreaded diseases, was declared eradicated in the United States in 1979, more than two decades after vaccines were available.

Most people who get polio have no symptoms, but they can continue to spread the virus to others for several days or weeks. A small percentage of people who become infected become paralyzed. The disease is fatal in between 5 and 10% of the paralyzed.

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