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Top health official: New York treating polio case as ‘tip of the iceberg’

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The New York State Health Commissioner said Thursday that the state is dealing with a single case of polio, the first patient known to have contracted the virus in the United States in about a decade, and the “iceberg.” It is treated as “one corner”.

“Based on previous polio outbreaks, New Yorkers should know that for each observed case of paralytic polio, hundreds of people may be infected,” said the state health commissioner. said in a statement, Dr. Mary T. Bassett of

“Combined with the latest wastewater findings, the Department is treating the single case of polio as just the tip of the iceberg with the potential for much greater spread. It is clear: the danger of polio exists in new areas, and by ensuring that adults, including those who are pregnant, and infants up to two months old have access to the latest immunizations, we can help in this moment. You must stand up.

The State Department said the virus was also detected in wastewater samples from Orange and Rockland counties after polio was confirmed in Rockland county.

Dangerous virus ‘community spread’ likely raises fears of polio in New York

This 1964 microscopic image released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows poliovirus damage to human spinal cord tissue.
(via Dr. Karp/Emory University/CDC AP)

Officials have found seven positive samples from Rockland and Orange counties that are genetically related to previously identified individual cases of paralytic polio.

“These findings provide further evidence that the poliovirus can be locally transmitted, paralyzed, and community-wide, rather than internationally, and can affect all adults and children in New York. , underscores the urgency of getting people vaccinated, especially in metropolitan areas,” the department wrote.

Investigations into the origin of the virus are ongoing.

This 2014 illustration, published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows a particle of the poliovirus.  Thursday, July 21, 2022.

This 2014 illustration, published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows a particle of the poliovirus. Thursday, July 21, 2022.
(Sarah Poser, Meredith Boyter Newlove/CDC via AP)

New York County officials urge residents to vaccinate after first polio outbreak in years

All unvaccinated New Yorkers should be vaccinated immediately. Residents of these counties and the New York metropolitan area are at the highest risk of exposure.

FILE - Parents and their children line up outside a Syracuse school to receive Sabin's oral polio vaccine, August 29, 1961.

FILE – Parents and their children line up outside a Syracuse school to receive Sabin’s oral polio vaccine, August 29, 1961.
(AP photo, file)

There is no cure for polio, but it can be prevented with vaccination.

Polio is highly contagious and you can pass the virus without being sick.

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It can take up to 30 days for symptoms to appear and can lead to paralysis and death.

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