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  • Polio virus found in more NY wastewater after recent case - Orange, Sullivan & Nassau Co. & NYC

    Source: https://www.prpeak.com/the-mix/polio...t-case-5659803

    Polio virus found in more NY wastewater after recent case
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The polio virus was detected in more wastewater samples north of New York City, this time in a county adjacent to where an unvaccinated adult recently contracted the life-threatening disease.
    The Canadian Press
    29 minutes ago
    9 minutes ago

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The polio virus was detected in more wastewater samples north of New York City, this time in a county adjacent to where an unvaccinated adult recently contracted the life-threatening disease.

    The polio virus was identified in wastewater collected from June and July in two locations in Orange County, indicating the virus could be circulating in the community. Orange County health officials said Thursday there were no confirmed cases in their suburban and rural county.

    “It is important to keep in mind that although Polio virus was detected in wastewater, it does not unequivocally mean that there is active disease circulating in the County,” Orange County Health Commissioner Dr. Irina Gelman said in a prepared statement.

    The discoveries were announced the same week health officials said they detected the presence of the virus in wastewater samples from Rockland County, where officials last month announced the first case of polio in the United States in nearly a decade...

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    'Silent' spread of polio in New York drives CDC to consider additional vaccinations for some people
    By Elizabeth Cohen, CNN Senior Medical Correspondent
    Updated 2:27 PM ET, Thu August 11, 2022

    (CNN)A polio case identified in New York last month is "just the very, very tip of the iceberg" and an indication there "must be several hundred cases in the community circulating," a senior official with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told CNN on Wednesday.

    The case was found In Rockland County, which has a stunningly low polio vaccination rate. Dr. José Romero, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, noted that the majority of people with polio don't have symptoms and so can spread the virus without knowing it.

    "There are a number of individuals in the community that have been infected with poliovirus. They are shedding the virus," he said. "The spread is always a possibility because the spread is going to be silent."

    A team of CDC disease detectives traveled last week from agency headquarters in Atlanta to Rockland County, and they are "quite nervous" that polio "could mushroom out of control very quickly and we could have a crisis on our hands," said a community health leader who has met with the team.

    "They are -- what is the opposite of cautiously optimistic?" said another community leader, an expert in vaccine education, who has also met with the CDC team in Rockland County. Both leaders requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly...

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    • #3
      Source: https://www.ksl.com/article/50456980...l-transmission

      Polio virus found in New York City wastewater, suggesting local transmission
      By Kanishka Singh, Reuters | Posted - Aug. 12, 2022 at 10:16 a.m.

      NEW YORK — Health officials identified the virus that causes polio in New York City's wastewater, suggesting local transmission of the virus, state authorities said on Friday, urging unvaccinated New Yorkers to get vaccinated.

      "The NYC Heath Department and the New York State Department of Health have identified poliovirus in sewage in NYC, suggesting local transmission of the virus," the city's health department said in a statement on Friday.

      "Polio can lead to paralysis and even death. We urge unvaccinated New Yorkers to get vaccinated now."

      The identification comes weeks after a case of polio in an adult was made public on July 21 in Rockland County, marking the nation's first confirmed case in nearly 10 years.

      Earlier this month, health officials said the virus was found in wastewater in the New York City suburb a month before health officials there announced the Rockland County case...

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      • #4
        New York State Department of Health

        Revised: August 2022

        ... What are the results of the wastewater findings so far?

        Wastewater surveillance is an active, ongoing effort that NYSDOH is leading in partnership with local, national, and global public health authorities.

        As of August 12, 2022, analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the presence of poliovirus in a total of 20 positive samples that are genetically linked to the individual case of paralytic polio among a Rockland County resident. Of the 20 samples, 2 samples were collected in May in Rockland County, 3 samples in June from Rockland County, 8 samples were collected in July from Rockland County, 2 samples were collected in June from Orange County, and 5 samples were collected in July from Orange County.

        6 positive samples of concern, 2 collected in June and 4 collected in July, have also been identified in New York City. While at this time, these samples have not been genetically linked to the individual case in Rockland County, sequencing analysis characterizes these samples as either a vaccine-derived poliovirus or variants of the revertant polio Sabin type 2 poliovirus. Both of these types of poliovirus can cause illness, including paralysis, in humans.

        https://health.ny.gov/diseases/commu...wastewater.htm

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        • #5
          Source: https://www.nsnews.com/the-mix/more-...ewater-5745433

          More polio virus detected in upstate New York wastewater
          ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State health officials in New York are warning of expanding “community spread” of the polio virus after it was found in wastewater samples from another upstate county.
          The Canadian Press
          about an hour ago

          ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State health officials in New York are warning of expanding “community spread” of the polio virus after it was found in wastewater samples from another upstate county.

          The state Department of Health said Friday the polio virus was detected in four samples from Sullivan County, two each in July and August. Sullivan County is several dozen miles northwest of Rockland County, where officials on July 21 announced the first case of polio in the United States in nearly a decade. The unidentified young adult was unvaccinated.

          The Sullivan County samples are genetically-linked to the case of paralytic polio in Rockland County...

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          • #6
            Source: https://www.npr.org/2022/09/10/11221...-new-york-city


            Poliovirus detected in more wastewater near New York City
            September 10, 20225:17 AM ET
            The Associated Press

            ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday the state was stepping up its polio-fighting efforts as the virus that causes the life-threatening disease was detected in the wastewater of yet another county in the New York City area.

            Health officials began checking for signs of the virus in sewage water after the first case of polio in the United States in nearly a decade was identified in July in Rockland County, which is north of the city. The latest detection involved a wastewater sample collected last month in Nassau County on Long Island, directly east of the city.

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

            Hochul declared a state disaster emergency that allows EMS workers, midwives and pharmacists to administer polio vaccines and allows doctors to issue standing orders for the vaccine. Data on immunizations will be used to focus vaccination efforts where they're needed the most...

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            • #7

              Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/10/11/poli...cials-say.html

              Poliovirus found in Brooklyn and Queens sewage, New York health officials say
              Published Tue, Oct 11 20221:42 PM EDTUpdated Tue, Oct 11 20222:10 PM EDT
              Spencer Kimball

              Key Points

              The sewage sample in Brooklyn and Queens that tested positive is genetically linked to the virus that paralyzed an unvaccinated adult in Rockland County over the summer.
              New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has extended the state of emergency declared in response to the spread of poliovirus in an effort to boost vaccination rates.
              A total of 70 sewage samples have tested positive for poliovirus in the New York City metropolitan area so far, according to New York state health officials...

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              • #8
                Source: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/loca...ation/3928164/

                CDC Issues Warning as New Data Shows Scope of Polio Spread in NYC Area
                A Rockland County man tested positive for polio earlier this year, but new testing data indicate the virus is circulating widely in multiple counties
                Published 3 hours ago • Updated 3 hours ago

                About 8% of wastewater samples tested in a 13-county area around New York City in recent months came back positive for polio, the CDC said Friday, indicating sustained community transmission of the virus in the region.

                The testing follows the discovery of a case of paralytic polio in an unvaccinated Rockland County man this summer. Thus far, he is the only known case - but the data published Friday make clear the virus has spread widely.

                Between March 9 and October 11, researchers collected 1,076 wastewater samples from 48 sites covering 13 counties in the region. Of those, 89 samples, or 8.3% of the total, tested positive for poliovirus type 2.

                "Although most persons in the United States are sufficiently immunized, unvaccinated or undervaccinated persons living or working in Kings, Orange, Queens, Rockland, or Sullivan counties, New York should complete the polio vaccination series as soon as possible," the researchers wrote...

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