Top health official: New York is only addressing the “tip of the iceberg” of the polio situation

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NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! The state of New York is treating its solitary case of polio, the first person to be diagnosed with the virus in the country in in a decade, as “simply the tip of the iceberg,” according to the state’s health commissioner on Thursday.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said in a statement that, based on previous polio outbreaks, “New Yorkers should be aware that for every case of paralytic polio observed, there may be hundreds of other people affected.”

“The Department views the lone case of polio as the very tip of a much larger potential spread, especially in light of the most recent wastewater discoveries. What we already know is quite clear: polio is still a threat in modern-day New York. We must prepare for this time by making sure that all adults, including those who are pregnant, and young children by the age of two get the safe immunizations they require to provide all New Yorkers with the protection they need against this crippling virus “She spoke.

Following the discovery of polio in Rockland County, the State Department of Health reported that the virus had also been found in wastewater samples from Orange County and Rockland County.

This 1964 microscope image made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows damage from the polio virus to human spinal cord tissue.

The polio virus has harmed the tissue of the human spinal cord in this microscope image from 1964, which was made accessible by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Dr. Karp via CDC/Emory University/AP)

Seven positive samples from Rockland County and Orange County that are genetically connected to the one paralytic polio case previously reported have been discovered by authorities.

These results “provide further evidence of local, not international, transmission of a polio virus that can cause paralysis and potential community spread,” the department wrote. “This highlights the urgency of every New York adult and child getting immunized, especially those in the greater New York metropolitan area.”

The search for the virus’s origin is still ongoing.

This 2014 illustration made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention depicts a polio virus particle. On Thursday, July 21, 2022.

The polio virus particle is seen in this 2014 graphic provided by the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. on July 21, 2022, Thursday. (Meredith Boyter Newlove and Sarah Poser, CDC via AP)

Inhabitants of those counties and the larger New York metropolitan region are at the highest danger of exposure, thus all residents of New York who are unvaccinated should get inoculated right away.

FILE - Parents and their children wait in long lines outside a Syracuse school to receive the Sabin oral polio vaccine on Aug. 29, 1961.

FILE – On August 29, 1961, parents and their kids lined up outside a Syracuse school to receive the Sabin oral polio vaccine. (AP Images, File)

Polio cannot be cured, but it can be avoided by receiving the appropriate vaccinations.
Polio is highly contagious, and even healthy people can spread the virus to others.
It may take up to 30 days for symptoms to manifest, and some cases might be fatal or cause paralysis.
Fox News Digital correspondent Julia Musto is. She has the handle @JuliaElenaMusto on Twitter.

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