Hochul declares polio emergency, virus found in sewage

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday ordered an emergency expansion of the state’s polio vaccination effort after scientists discovered the crippling and potentially deadly virus in Long Island’s sewage.

The latest test results, released Friday, add Nassau County to the list of places on alert over the potential spread of the crippling disease amid a resurgence made possible by low childhood immunization rates.

A picture of Governor Hochul.
New York Gov. Hochul has declared an urgent expansion of the state’s polio vaccination effort after the virus was found in Long Island sewage.
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A man who asked to remain anonymous shows his arm, where he received a polio shot, outside a health clinic in Brooklyn.
Health officials have also detected the virus in NYC’s sewage systems and in upstate communities.
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The governor’s emergency executive order aims to bolster the state’s immunization efforts by expanding the number of vendors who can dispense needles to include paramedics, pharmacists and midwives.

An image of a polio vaccine box.

The latest test results added Nassau County to the list of counties on alert for the potential spread amid a resurgence of low childhood immunization rates.


An image of a researcher preparing a PCR reaction for polio in a laboratory.

Gov. Hochul intends to increase the state’s immunization efforts by increasing the number of providers who can administer the vaccinations.


Public health officials have also detected the virus in the sewage systems in New York City and in upstate communities including Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/09/hochul-declares-polio-emergency-virus-found-in-wastewater/ Hochul declares polio emergency, virus found in sewage

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