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NY health officials say ‘repeated’ samples of polio found in wastewater

Ongoing monitoring of wastewater in the New York City metropolitan area has found repeated evidence of poliovirus in sewage, the state Department of Health on Tuesday announced…. The state Department of Health earlier this summer confirmed the first case of polio in New York in a decade in Rockland County. A wastewater detection system has since turned up traces of poliovirus in the greater New York City area.

“These findings put an alarming exclamation point on what we have already observed: unvaccinated people are at a real and unnecessary risk,” state Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said.

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