State of Emergency Declared

( – HAPPENING NOW: A state of emergency has been declared because of the increasing spread of the virus that causes polio.

Specifically, New York has declared an emergency in several counties.

As CNBC notes:

“New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency over polio to boost vaccination rates in the state amid further evidence that the virus is spreading in communities.

“Poliovirus has now been detected in sewage samples from four counties in the New York metro area as well as in the city itself. The counties are Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, and the latest, Nassau.

“The samples tested positive for poliovirus that can cause paralysis in humans, according to state health officials. Unvaccinated individuals who live, work, go to school or visit Orange, Rockland, Nassau, New York City and Sullivan are at the highest risk of paralytic disease, officials said.” [emphasis added]

According to New York Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett, “On polio, we simply cannot roll the dice. I urge New Yorkers to not accept any risk at all. Polio immunization is safe and effective — protecting nearly all people against disease who receive the recommended doses.”


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