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Community spread of polio prompts CDC wastewater surveillance

Sep 19, 2022
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2022/09/15/polio-virus-wastewater-cdc/

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is planning to test wastewater to detect the polio virus in communities at highest risk for the life-threatening and potentially disabling illness.

The federal monitoring of wastewater for polio comes amid pressure to increase efforts to fight the disease after the first U.S. polio case in nearly a decade was discovered in Rockland County, N.Y., in July. Since the unvaccinated man was diagnosed, the virus has been detected in wastewater samples from nearby communities: New York City, Orange County, Sullivan County and, most recently, Nassau Countyon Long Island.

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