(RoyalPatriot.com )- Health experts reported on Friday that the polio virus was discovered in the wastewater of New York City. This indicates that the disease is spreading throughout the population of people who have not been vaccinated.
The fact that polio was found in the wastewater of New York City was described as “alarming but not surprising” by Dr. Mary Bassett, the state health commissioner, as quoted by The Associated Press. According to the Associated Press (AP), New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan stated that “the risk to New Yorkers is significant,” but that “the protection is so easy – get vaccinated against polio.”
Vasan said that with polio circulating in our communities, there is simply nothing more essential than vaccinating our children to protect them from this virus. If you are an adult who has not been vaccinated or has only received partial vaccinations, she urges you to make the right decision to receive the vaccine. The resurgence of polio is entirely avoidable, which should serve as a wake-up call to everyone.
According to reports from The Associated Press and the municipal and state health officials, the fact that the virus was found in the city’s sewage shows that its transmission is confined to the immediate area. According to a report from The Hill, a representative for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated on Thursday that a case of polio was found in July in New York. This was the first verified case of polio in the United States in more than ten years.
According to The Hill, the patient is a man from Rockland County who is 20 years old and has not had any vaccinations. When he arrived at the hospital, he was symptomatic and paralyzed. Most persons who contract polio are asymptomatic but can still pass it on to others.
CNN cited statements by CDC disease investigators in which they expressed being “quite nervous” about the possibility that polio “may grow out of control very fast and we could have a problem on our hands.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is looking into various strategies to safeguard locals against the virus, but they do not “have a conclusive answer” for how to combat an outbreak at this time.