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New York’s health commissioner said Thursday the state is treating him single case of poliomyelitis — the first patient known to have been infected with the virus in the US in nearly a decade — as “just the tip of the iceberg.”
“Based on earlier outbreaks of polio, New Yorkers should know that for every observed case of paralytic polio, there could be hundreds of other infected people,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. This is stated in a statement by Mary T. Bassett.
“Combined with the latest findings on wastewater, the Department is cleaning up single case of polio as just the tip of the iceberg of a much larger potential distribution. If we learn more, then what we know becomes clear: the danger of polio is present in New York today. We must meet this moment by ensuring adults, including pregnant women, and young children as young as 2 months of age are aware of their immunizations—the safe protection against this debilitating virus that every New Yorker needs,” she said.
The state health department said that after the discovery of polio in Rockland County, the virus was also found in sewage samples from Orange and Rockland counties.
Officials found seven positive samples from Rockland and Orange counties that are genetically linked to a previously identified individual case of paralytic polio.
“These findings provide further evidence of local rather than international transmission of the polio virus, which can cause paralysis and potential community spread, highlighting the urgent need to vaccinate every adult and child in New York, especially those in large metropolitan area of New York“, the department wrote.
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All unvaccinated New Yorkers should be immunized immediately, with residents in these counties and New York metropolitan areas at greatest risk of infection.
Although there is no cure for polio, it can be prevented through immunization.
Polio is highly contagious and a person can transmit the virus even if they are not sick.
Symptoms may take up to 30 days to appear, and in some cases it can lead to paralysis or death.