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Polio virus detected in sewage in New York

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Polio virus detection in New York City sewage samples worrying, but not surprisingsaid Mary Bassett, a state health official, in a statement.

In mid-July, a case of polio was recorded in Rockland County, a few dozen kilometers north of Manhattan. It was the first case of polio in the country for nearly a decade.

Traces of the virus had then already been found in the wastewater of this county and another nearby.

For each case of the disease identified, several hundred could remain undetected, warned Mary Bassett. Those people who do not develop symptoms can still transmit the disease.

Polio, an extremely contagious viral disease affecting children in particular, can cause permanent paralysis of the limbs, and even death in some cases.

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Only 86% of New York City children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years have received three doses of the vaccine, according to a statement from the authorities, some 14% of them not being fully protected.

A free or low-cost vaccination site has been set up for children.

Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been sent to the state to help with screening and vaccination operations.

The consequences of polio are devastating and irreversible, and these latest developments are cause for concernwrote the CDC.

The disease has been virtually eradicated worldwide. But in June, British authorities announced that they had detected traces of a form of polio in a sewage treatment plant in north-east London. The vaccination of children has been reinforced there.

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