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Polio Found In New York City Wastewater, Suggesting Potential Spread

Polio Found In New York City Wastewater, Suggesting Potential Spread

London also reporting virus in its sewage.

In July, we reported on the first recorded case of polio in this nation since 2013, and we also noted that the virus had been detected in wastewater samples taken in several locations and at different times in two counties north of New York City (potentially signaling community spread of the disease).

Public health officials have announced further testing shows polio is now spreading in NYC itself.

Health officials identified the virus that causes polio in New York City’s wastewater, suggesting local transmission of the virus, state authorities said on Friday, urging unvaccinated New Yorkers to get vaccinated.

“The NYC Heath Department and the New York State Department of Health have identified poliovirus in sewage in NYC, suggesting local transmission of the virus,” the city’s health department said in a statement on Friday.

“Polio can lead to paralysis and even death. We urge unvaccinated New Yorkers to get vaccinated now.”

…There is no cure for polio, which can cause irreversible paralysis in some cases, but it can be prevented by a vaccine made available in 1955.

One of the issues of concern is declining vaccination rates for children.

Routine vaccinations among children have declined in New York City since 2019, which has increased the risk of outbreaks, according to health officials. About 14% of New York City children ages 6 months to 5 years old have not completed their vaccination series against polio, which means they are not fully protected against the virus.

Overall, 86% of children ages 5 and under in New York City have received three doses of the polio vaccine, according to health officials. But there are some neighborhoods in the city where less than 70% of children are up to date on their polio vaccines, which puts kids in these communities at risk of catching polio.

…“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.

Children should receive four doses of the vaccine: One dose at 6 weeks through 2 months, a second dose at 4 months, a third at 6 months through 18 months, and a fourth at ages 4 to 6 years old, according to New York state health officials.

People who are unvaccinated and older than age 4 should receive three doses of the vaccine. Adults who have received only one or two should get another one or two, no matter how long it has been since the earlier doses.

Meanwhile, the polio virus has been detected in London’s sewage, and British health officials have also initiated their own vaccination campaign directed at children.

Children ages 1-9 in London were made eligible for booster doses of a polio vaccine Wednesday after British health authorities reported finding evidence the virus has spread in multiple areas of the city but found no cases of the paralytic disease in people.

Britain’s Health Security Agency said it detected viruses derived from the oral polio vaccine in the sewage water of eight London boroughs. The agency’s analysis of the virus samples suggested “transmission has gone beyond a close network of a few individuals.”

The agency said it had not located anyone infected with the virus and that the risk to the wider population was low. The decision to offer young children boosters was a precaution, it said.

…The agency said it is also expanding surveillance of sewage water to at least another 25 sites in London and nationally.

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Illegals, probably from ME maybe not, maybe from Central America

They really don’t care, they want to kill is all, at least 7 billon of us

Covid just didn’t make the grade, nor monkeypox

They are going to fix us up with something special. In the meantime, let’s bring back the the scary past!!!!

    Aliens waltzing into the nation, being bussed all over the place: of course Polio is making a comeback. Wait till small pox does, too.

    Exactly what the left wants.

      More bigoted bullshit. Neither polio nor smallpox is endemic in any of the countries from which people are illegally crossing the southern border. Smallpox has been eliminated; so if it does show up there will be no reason to suppose it came from abroad rather than from right here in the USA.

        Barry in reply to Milhouse. | August 14, 2022 at 10:14 pm

        Oh look, like all lefty’s when confronted with the truth they immediately call the presenter of the truth “bigot” or “racist”.

        There is no question at all that the people invading the southern border are far less likely to have received immunizations common to the people in this country.

        For polio, vaccinations by age 1 in Mexico and South America is under 90%, with Venezuela under 75%. The heart of Africa is well under 60%.

        Smallpox has officially been eradicated, but it is the only disease to reach that status.

    Milhouse in reply to gonzotx. | August 14, 2022 at 1:06 am

    Bullshit. It has nothing at all to do with illegals. The virus found in the wastewater, and with which that one person in Rockland was infected, is a vaccine-derived strain, meaning it probably got into the system from someone who was vaccinated. This is normal and expected in countries where the live vaccine is still used. It was normal in the USA until we stopped using it, somewhere around 2000. So the virus may be traced to immigrants, but there’s no reason in the world to suppose that they’re here illegally, or that they came from Central America. That is pure bigotry on your part. On the contrary, the one victim’s identity seems to make it more likely that he got it from someone who was vaccinated in Europe or in Israel, and is probably here legally.

I had a cousin who came down with polio, one of the most severe cases AFTER the vaccine was out, 2 yrs after.

My family on the other hand went to the school gym with all the other thousands to take the sugar cube, later the shot.

Her parents did not get their kids vaccinated, despite the Aunt losing her only brother to polio, 14, Dallas was his name.

She was 16 and became paralyzed from the neck down. She lived till 45 or so. Painted with her mouth, lovely paintings, also lived with 24/ hr care in her own apartment.

She had come down from northern Wisconsin to Milwaukee to hang with my older sister who was also 16. Apparently she was feeling a bit under the weather before coming but, truly, it wouldn’t have made a difference to us, we were vaccinated, but after she went back, a few days later, the breast hit full throttle. She was the only case that year, so she didn’t spread it, not sure how she got it in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, but she did.

I never forgave my aunt and uncle, hated being around them.

If you study the polio virus you will discover that the trajectory was going down prior to the vaccine, putting into question just how much of the virus elimination was due to natural resistance.

OTOH, IIRC, the polio vaccine is pretty benign. My 4 children certainly all got it.

I have a good friend, born a couple years too late, that was stricken and has worn braces and used crutches his entire life. One of the happiest people I have ever known, and a research biologist.

nordic prince | August 13, 2022 at 5:03 pm

So… are there any ACTUAL cases of polio breaking out in these areas, or is it just “showing up” in the wastewater?

Until then, it smacks of Chicken Little-ism.

    Waiting for the FIB to label this domestic terrorism.

    There was at least one case. Probably an immigrant. So of course they ramped up the fear as much as possible

      Milhouse in reply to geronl. | August 14, 2022 at 1:09 am

      No, the case was NOT an immigrant. Stop making shit up. You don’t know, so just say you don’t know.

      (If the case were an immigrant they wouldn’t ramp up any fear; on the contrary, they’d try to downplay it for fear that it would lead to xenophobia.)

    Milhouse in reply to nordic prince. | August 14, 2022 at 1:00 am

    Just that one case in Rockland County. And he was unvaccinated.

    Having the virus circulating is not a problem, provided everyone is vaccinated.

When I was 2 and my brother 3 and sister 4, God bless me poor mother, we all got polio, in the 50’s before the vaccine. The Dr at the time told my mother there were 3 known strains(in the 50’s) of the polio virus. One was very weak and as you can guess, the next 2 we’re stronger and stronger.
She was told to keep us calm for 10 days, no running , no sibling wrestling.. for us to actually walk like ducks.
I don’t know how she did it, but she did. None of us had any residual effects
My mothers brother was Dallas, the 13 y/o that died of polio, when she was 12.

Talk about PTSD

I don’t think it was waning one bit. I remember all the kids with legs and arms affected by polio and the fear every summer.

Wonder how many of the unvaccinated against polio are unvaccinated because they couldn’t get to the doctor’s office because of the covidiocy?

    Gosport in reply to gospace. | August 13, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Vaccination numbers in general are way down over the last two years.

    The reasons probably vary but one would guess that a major loss of faith in the CDC and other formerly respected health authorities had something to do with it.

    Then there is fear, both of shots in general and that the vaccinations may cause worse damage than the diseases they are meant to prevent.

      Gosport in reply to Gosport. | August 13, 2022 at 8:37 pm

      Oh yeah, another reason is that people know they are going to get harassed about getting the Covid vax if they go anywhere near a shot clinic.

        gonzotx in reply to Gosport. | August 13, 2022 at 10:15 pm

        My Dr actually stopped talking about it. Originally he was an absolutist, even trying to find out what lot of flu vaccines I was allergic to, all the way back to the Hong Kong flu so that “I could take it” lol.
        He’s a solid guy and I think he has seen the light. I’ve been going to him for on and off 30 yrs. Only off when my insurance changed for a bit.
        None the less I played neutral, even as a nurse cause I wasn’t real sure he wouldn’t go crazy on me, like some Drs refusing to see patients who refuse the shot.since I had had the pneumonia vaccine he told me
        “I know your not vaccine hesitant”… rriiiggttt!!!

          Barry in reply to gonzotx. | August 15, 2022 at 12:32 am

          I’ve been to the doctor once in the last 8-10 years excluding the physical required for my racing license. I did go during the height of the chinavirus because a cut I had on my leg was infected and I needed an antibiotic. When I went to the door I discovered it was locked, rang the bell, and the nurse came to the door with a mask in her hand for me to put on. I did ask why and got a smile. Once past the typical nurse stuff and into the docs office she said, OK you can take the mask off now and she removed hers. Until we left the office. So, she knew, but wasn’t going to make waves with the gestapo. And she knows me well, since she is a friend of my wife’s.

          The same thing happened when my wife went to her doc. Once in the office (I went with her) the doc said take those things off.

          Moral of the story, some docs are not pig stupid.

    Milhouse in reply to gospace. | August 14, 2022 at 1:12 am

    Wonder how many of the unvaccinated against polio are unvaccinated because they couldn’t get to the doctor’s office because of the covidiocy?

    That would only explain unvaccinated babies. But the major problem is with older children and adults, and exactly zero of them can be blamed on the recent insanity.

Built back better. No mean tweets.

Thought this was interesting:
“Genetic analysis of a polio virus sample from the patient indicates that it was picked up from a person who had received the oral polio vaccine, which has not been used in the U.S. since 2000, health officials said.

The oral vaccine contains a weakened live polio virus. “If allowed to circulate in under- or unimmunized populations for long enough … the virus can revert to a form that can cause illness and paralysis in other people,” the CDC says.”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/first-us-polio-case-in-years-sparks-alarms-from-new-york-to-california/ar-AA10CH96

    Albigensian in reply to SHV. | August 13, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    The attenuated-virus vaccine carries a risk in the order of six per million. In the 1950s when polio was still raging this was a reasonable risk to take. Further, even those who did not take this vaccine might still be infected with the attenuated virus from someone who had recently been vaccinated, and so from a public-health PoV it was more effective in spreading immunity than the killed-virus shot.

    In a world in which polio is practically unheard of, however, that six-in-a-million risk is unacceptable. Especially when the shot carries a risk that is about as close to zero as a vaccine gets (there were some infections from vaccination due to improperly prepared-and-tested production in the 1950s, but as far as I know that’s the only time anyone has contracted polio from the killed-virus vaccine.

    We seem to live in a world in which what was old is new again, and seemingly vanquished diseases come roaring back. It’s impossible to trust the CDC these days; nonetheless, polio vaccines have a long history by now and their risks (or lack thereof) are well known.

    Milhouse in reply to SHV. | August 14, 2022 at 1:16 am

    Yes, that’s correct. The oral vaccine contains a live virus, and it’s well known that it spreads. This was generally a good thing, since it helped spread some level of immunity even to the unvaccinated. It poses no discernible threat to the vaccinated.

    The problem is that this one person’s parents neglected to vaccinate him when he was a child. As a result he is now paralyzed.

I read that the polio in London came from Africa, and is a byproduct of the Gates vaccine. So far, I have no word on the identity of the virus in New York.

The US vaccine, which is killed-virus, is very safe, as was promised. The Gates vaccine is live, attenuated virus, When it causes polio, it causes the identical disease as the original virus.

There are those online who, in response to the CDC’s deplorable performance with respect to COVID-19 and its variants, are advocating that parents avoid ALL vaccines for their children. I submit that parents can check to be sure they are getting the right vaccine fairly easily, by asking for the killed-virus vaccine. Polio was horrible. The doctors and government who brought us the US vaccine were competent, careful, and respectful of parents’ reasonable concerns for their children.

    Barry in reply to Valerie. | August 14, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    “I read that the polio in London came from Africa…”

    Regardless of any Gates involvement, polio vaccination rates are very low in many African countries, under 60% or so.