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Wastewater is trying to tell us something about the future of COVID, polio, monkeypox, and the next epidemic to come

Aug 15, 2022

“The danger of polio is present in New York today.”


The statement seems ripped from the headlines during the 1916 New York polio epidemic, which killed 6,000—mostly children—and paralyzed 27,000 in just four months.

But it was made just last week, by New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett, after the identification of poliovirus in both Rockland and Orange counties in June and July. New York City health officials on Friday announced the presence of the virus in wastewater there as well.

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