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New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett called the findings alarming. Health officials are aggressively assessing how far polio has spread in the city and in New York state. Polio can result in permanent paralysis of the arms and legs and death in some cases. People who are not vaccinated to get their shots immediately.

Routine vaccinations among children have declined in New York City since 2019. Health officials are calling on people who are not vaccinated to get their shots immediately. Polio can result in permanent paralysis of the arms and legs and death in some cases. "For every one case of paralytic polio identified, hundreds more may be undetected," Bassett said.

About 14% of New York City children ages 6 months to 5 years old have not completed their vaccination series against polio. Overall, 86% of children ages 5 and under in the city have received three doses of the polio vaccine. An unvaccinated adult in Rockland County, New York, caught polio and suffered paralysis.

Polio was detected in sewage in Rockland County and neighboring Orange County. The strain that the unvaccinated adult caught is genetically linked to the sewage samples. It's unclear where the chain of transmission began, but health officials have said there's local spread of the virus in the New York City area.
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