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Polio Virus Is Detected in New York City’s Sewage System

  • Data may signal community spread under surveillance radar
  • About one in 200 polio cases lead to permanent paralysis
The polio virus has been found in New York City’s wastewater in another sign that the disease, which hadn’t been seen in the US in a decade, is quietly spreading among unvaccinated people, health officials said on Aug. 12.

The polio virus has been found in New York City’s wastewater in another sign that the disease, which hadn’t been seen in the US in a decade, is quietly spreading among unvaccinated people, health officials said on Aug. 12.

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Health officials in New York City have confirmed that the virus causing polio has been detected in the city’s sewage system, a little over a week after it was found in samples from the neighboring suburbs of Orange and Rockland counties. 

Officials say the detection of the virus, known to cause permanent paralysis in limbs and possibly even death, suggests there has been spreading from person-to-person in the community, under the radar of surveillance.