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Polio Detected in New York City Wastewater

Health officials believe it is circulating undetected

Health officials found poliovirus in New York City wastewater, the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced Friday. That means polio is likely circulating undetected in the city.

The virus was previously detected in wastewater samples from Orange County and Rockland County, north of the city, in May, June and July. One case of paralytic polio was identified in Rockland County last month, in an unvaccinated adult.

"The risk to New Yorkers is real, but the defense is so simple — get vaccinated against polio," said New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan in a statement.

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