New York state health officials issued an urgent call on Thursday for unvaccinated children & adults to get inoculated against polio. They cited new evidence of possible “community spread” of the dangerous virus.

The polio virus has been found in seven different wastewater samples in two adjacent counties north of New York City. So far, only one person has tested positive for polio. Polio was declared eliminated in the United States in 1979. 

   

New York: Polio fears rise amid possible community spread

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New York state health officials issued an urgent call on Thursday for unvaccinated children & adults to get inoculated against polio. They cited new evidence of possible “community spread” of the dangerous virus.

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

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The polio patient in Rockland County is the first person known to be infected with the virus in the U.S. in nearly a decade. Wastewater samples collected in June and July in adjacent Orange County also contained the virus.

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A majority of people infected with polio have no symptoms, but can still shed the virus and give it to others for days or weeks. A small percentage of people who get the disease suffer paralysis. The disease is fatal for between 5-10% of those paralyzed.

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