Editors Note: The New York State Department of Health has announced that it understands that hundreds of New Yorkers likely are infected with polio following an initial diagnosis in a young man upstate. The diagnosis led to further surveillance in the waterways and such near Rockland County, however, officials now believe that the virus has further spread.
CBS reports that water samples in Rockland and Orange County have both turned up traces of the once long gone virus. As it stands, polio vaccines exist but they only matter if the vaccination is actually taken by a patient. This means that unvaccinated children and adults are at most risk if they refuse to vaccinate. A quick research on the topic found that this virus cannot be cured.
A statement from health officials reads as follows.
“Based on earlier polio outbreaks, New Yorkers should know that for every one case of paralytic polio observed, there may be hundreds of other people infected,” State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said. “Coupled with the latest wastewater findings, the Department is treating the single case of polio as just the tip of the iceberg of much greater potential spread. As we learn more, what we do know is clear: the danger of polio is present in New York today.”