Health officer announced Polio has been detected in wastewater samples in New York City on Friday.
It comes just weeks after a case of polio was reported in Rockland County, north of the city.
The New York State Department of Health and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said that the polio virus is spreading locally.
“While every single case of paralytic polio can be identified, hundreds more may go undetected,” state health commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said in a statement. “The detection of poliovirus in wastewater samples in New York City is worrying, but not surprising.
She continued, “Already, the state health department — working with local and federal partners — is responding urgently, continuing to investigate the case and aggressively assess the spread. To adults and children.” Safe and effective vaccination is the best way to keep polio-free — — New Yorkers’ greatest protection against the worst consequences of polio, including permanent paralysis and even death.”
On July 21, NYSDOH revealed A Rockland County patient had contracted a case of vaccine-derived polio, the first case in the United States in nearly a decade.
Since then, it is learned that the patient was a previously healthy 20-year-old man who had traveled to Europe. He was diagnosed after going to the hospital with paralysis in his legs.
As of August 12, 20 wastewater samples were genetically linked to a Rockland County patient, including 13 samples collected in May, June and July from Rockland County and nearby Orange County, collected in June and July from the Department of Health Seven samples made were included. information shows.
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