Polio virus found in Orange County wastewater samples

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GOSHEN – Wastewater samples that were taken in June and July in two different locations in Orange County, initially collected from municipal wastewater treatment plants for signs of COVID-19, contain the polio virus, the Orange County Health Department was advised by the State Health Department.

There have been no confirmed cases of polio infection identified to date in Orange County, but the virus is circulating in the community, according to recent wastewater analysis reports.

One case has been confirmed in Rockland County, where that health department last week began administering polio vaccine.

The Orange County Health Department said people who are not vaccinated run the risk of getting infected. Ask your healthcare provider, if you are up to date on your polio vaccination.

For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/polio/what-is-polio/