On Friday, New York City health officials announced that the polio virus, which causes paralytic poliomyelitis, had been detected in sewage “suggesting probable local circulation of the virus.” Poliomyelitis is a highly infectious viral disease that can cause permanent paralysis of the arms and legs and, in some cases, death. The news was shared just weeks after authorities announced that a case of paralytic polio had been detected in a resident of Rockland County, New York. Officials also noted that the virus was detected in sewage samples collected in May, June and July from counties neighboring New York City, including Orange County. Polio Virus Detected in NY: How Dangerous Is It and What Can You Do to Stay Safe? Health officials said the findings are alarming but not surprising. “For every identified case of paralytic polio, hundreds more may go undetected,” state Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said in a statement, according to npr. You may be interested: Learn about the 10 most common plagues common in the US: ants, cockroaches, mice… Bassett said the State Department of Health, working with local and federal partners, “is responding urgently, continuing to investigate cases and aggressively assess the spread.” The health commissioner of New York also noted that the best way to keep adults and children polio-free is through “safe and effective immunization” against the worst outcomes of polio, including permanent paralysis and even death. Bassett’s remarks, New York City’s health commissioner said the risk to New Yorkers is real, but the defense is very simple: “get a polio shot.” he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that the inactivated poliovirus (IPV) vaccine is the only polio immunization given in the United States since 2000. This vaccine protects 99% of children receiving the four recommended doses.
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