Poliovirus Detected Near New York City

Gov. Kathy Hochul said the state was stepping up its polio-fighting efforts as life-threatening disease causing virus was detected in the wastewater of another county in the New York City area.

Health officials began checking for signs of the virus in sewage water after the first case of polio in the US in nearly a decade was identified in July in Rockland County, which is north of the city.

The latest detection involved a wastewater sample collected last month in Nassau County on Long Island, directly east of the city.

The sample is genetically linked to the polio case from Rockland & provides further evidence of expanding community spread, state health officials said.

The poliovirus had previously been detected in wastewater in New York City and three counties to its north: Rockland, Orange and Sullivan.

Hochul declared a state disaster emergency that allows EMS workers, midwives and pharmacists to administer polio vaccines and allows doctors to issue standing orders for the vaccine.

Data on immunizations will be used to focus vaccination efforts where they're needed the most.