More Polio Virus Detected In Upstate New York Wastewater

(Sarah Poser, Meredith Boyter Newlove/CDC via AP)

State health officials in New York are warning of expanding “community spread” of the polio virus after it was found in wastewater samples from another upstate county.

The state Department of Health said Friday the polio virus was detected in four samples from Sullivan County, two each in July and August. Sullivan County is several dozen miles northwest of Rockland County, where officials on July 21 announced the first case of polio in the United States in nearly a decade. The unidentified young adult was unvaccinated.

The Sullivan County samples are genetically-linked to the case of paralytic polio in Rockland County.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett again urged residents to make sure they are immunized, saying “one New Yorker paralyzed by polio is already too many.”

“The polio in New York today is an imminent threat to all adults and children who are unvaccinated or not up to date with their polio immunizations,” Bassett said in a prepared release.

The virus has now been identified in wastewater samples in three contiguous counties north of New York City: Rockland, Orange and Sullivan. The polio virus also has been found in New York City sewage.

Officials have said that it is possible that hundreds of people in the state have gotten polio and don’t know it. Most people infected with polio have no symptoms but can still give the virus to others for days or weeks.

Polio was once one of the nation’s most feared diseases, with annual outbreaks causing thousands of cases of paralysis. The disease mostly affects children.



  1. Anti-vaxxers must be jailed for child abuse. How can any frum person put their child in danger of contracting polio or measles or any other potentially FATAL disease just to make an idiotic political statement. Complete non-Jewish behavior.

  2. Don’t you wonder why they keep on pushing the narrative polio in the sewer, and more polio in the sewer…simple logic question where are the cases?
    Anyone? Please?

    When you can answer this you will realize that the polio hype is nothing more than…

  3. Keep your fear mongering to yourself. Polio is history. We have terrifying viruses out there that nobody gets vaccinated for. Make headlines about that. We have immune systems for a reason and Hashem makes no mistakes. Support your immune system with good supplements and nutrition, fresh air and sunshine and you’ll live a long and healthy life.

  4. For an alternative, very respected opinion on this topic, search: Smoke, Mirrors and the Disappearance of Polio – Dr Suzanne Humphries
    Another: Suzanne Humphries, MD, speaking on Polio & DDT
    She has also addressed Congress. Only for the open-minded.

  5. It’s nuts that the more frum , should be farther from the influences of the street, and instead the wackiest theories with little or no basis are drunk with thirst

  6. Anyone who thinks messes is deadly and polio is deadly , where were you when 2,000 Jewish kids in NY had measles ?? No one died , so maybe you need to pull your head out of the sand