Extra polio present in New York Metropolis wastewater, well being officers say

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The New York State Division of Well being has found extra proof of polio in NYC wastewater. 

Officers famous that 63 of 70 wastewater samples found final week have been linked to a polio case of a 20-year-old male from Rockland County. The person has since developed paralysis in his legs, in response to the state well being division. 

Many of the samples have been present in Rockland. Nonetheless, officers additionally collected others all around the state, together with Orange County, Sullivan County, and Nassau County, and one pattern was present in Brooklyn. All of the samples present in New York Metropolis have been collected in August 2022. 

Nearly all of adults are protected against polio, in response to state well being officers, as a result of many have been fully vaccinated throughout their childhood. Nevertheless, officers advocate that everybody keep updated on their immunization. 

NY POLIO FEARS ON THE RISE WITH POSSIBLE ‘COMMUNITY SPREAD’ OF THE DANGEROUS VIRUS

New York state health officials are encouraging more people to stay up to date on their Polio immunization. 

New York state well being officers are encouraging extra folks to remain updated on their Polio immunization. 
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If a person is unvaccinated for polio, the illness can result in demise in some instances or everlasting paralysis in components of the physique such because the arms or legs or each. 

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“These findings put an alarming exclamation point on what we have already observed: unvaccinated people are at a real and unnecessary risk,” stated State Well being Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett and New York Metropolis Well being Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan in an announcement collectively. “We have seen more New Yorkers getting vaccinated.”

They added: “But these latest results are a searing reminder that there is no time to waste, especially for young children, who must be brought up to date with vaccinations right away. Paralysis changes life forever. Fortunately, the response is simple: get vaccinated against polio.”

POLIO FOUND IN NYC WASTEWATER, OFFICIALS SAY

New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s state of emergency over polio will stay in impact till November eighth because the marketing campaign to get extra folks vaccinated for polio continues all through the state. 

The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention states that the general majority, 99%, of youngsters who obtain the polio vaccine are protected. 

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