CDC: Wastewater test shows that polio has been in the Hudson Valley since April

The CDC says 260 wastewater samples from treatment plants in Rockland and Orange counties were tested for polio, and they discovered a specimen of polio from April in Orange County.

News 12 Staff

Aug 17, 2022, 11:29 AM

Updated 707 days ago

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Polio may have been spreading in New York State earlier than first thought, according to a new report from the CDC.
The CDC says 260 wastewater samples from treatment plants in Rockland and Orange counties were tested for polio, and they discovered a specimen of polio from April in Orange County.
The report also says that according to the New York State Immunization Information System, three-dose polio vaccination coverage among infants and children aged 24 months and under living in Rockland County was 67.0% in July 2020 and declined to 60.3% by August 2022. They say that in some zip codes, immunization is as low as 37.3% in some zip codes.
The national average immunization for children by age 24 months and under was 92.7% among infants born during 2017–2018.
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