Poliovirus detected in more sewage near New York City – Boston News, Weather, Sports

ALBANY, NY (AP) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday the state is stepping up efforts to combat polio as the virus that causes the life-threatening disease is found in the sewage of another New York-area county York City was proven.

Health officials then began looking for signs of the virus in the sewage first case of polio in the United States in nearly a decade was identified in July in Rockland County, just north of the city. The latest discovery involved a sample of sewage collected last month in Nassau County on Long Island, just east of town.

The sample is genetically linked to the Rockland polio case and provides further evidence of increasing community spread, state health officials said. The poliovirus had previously been detected in sewage from New York City and three counties north of it: Rockland, Orange and Sullivan.

Hochul declared a state of emergency, allowing paramedics, midwives and pharmacists to administer polio vaccine and allowing doctors to issue standing orders for the vaccine. Data on immunizations will be used to focus immunization efforts where they are needed most.

“With polio, we just can’t dice,” said state health commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett in a prepared statement. “If you or your child are not vaccinated or up to date with vaccinations, there is a risk of paralysis. I urge New Yorkers not to take any chances.”

Health officials said all unvaccinated New Yorkers — including children as young as 2 months old, pregnant women and those who have not yet completed their vaccination series — should be vaccinated immediately. They also pushed for booster shots for certain people, such as B. Medical workers in affected areas treating patients who may have contracted polio.

The statewide polio immunization rate is 79%, but Rockland, Orange, and Sullivan counties had lower rates.

Officials have said it’s possible hundreds of people in the state have contracted polio and don’t know it. Most people who are infected with polio have no symptoms but can still pass the virus on to others for days or weeks.

The only confirmed case in New York was in an unidentified young adult who was unvaccinated.

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