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More polio found in New York City wastewater, health officials say

The New York State Department of Health has discovered more evidence of polio in NYC wastewater.  Officials noted that 63 of 70 wastewater samples discovered last week were linked to a polio case of a 20-year-old male from Rockland County.The individual has since developed paralysis in his legs, according to the state health department.  Most of the samples were found in Rockland. Still, officials also collected others all over the state, including Orange County, Sullivan County, and Nassau County, and one sample was found in Brooklyn.

All the samples found in New York City were collected in August 2022.  The majority of adults are protected from polio, according to state health officials, because many were completely vaccinated during their childhood. However, officials recommend that everyone stay up to date on their immunization.  New York state health officials are encouraging more people to stay up to date on their Polio immunization.  (ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images) If an individual is unvaccinated for polio, the disease can lead to death in some cases or permanent paralysis in parts of the body such as the arms or legs or both.  "These findings put an alarming exclamation point on what we have already observed: unvaccinated people are at a real and unnecessary risk," said State Health Commissioner Dr.

Mary T. Bassett and New York City Health Commissioner Dr.

Ashwin Vasan in a statement together. "We have seen more New Yorkers getting vaccinated." They added: "But these latest results are a searing reminder that there is no time to waste, especially for young children, who must be brought up to date with vaccinations right away.

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'It's heartbreaking': Vigil held for slain Bucks County infant - - state Pennsylvania - county Bucks - county Bristol - county Sullivan - county Tyler
'It's heartbreaking': Vigil held for slain Bucks County infant
BRISTOL, Pa. - A Pennsylvania community held a vigil Friday for a local infant who prosecutors say died after being beaten and shaken several times by his own father."The community is heartbroken over this, I mean, it’s a small town, everybody knows everybody," Stephane Scancella said. Authorities say on Wednesday night officers from the Bristol Borough Police Department responded to home on 100 block of Radcliffe Street for reports of a 4-month-old in cardiac arrest. Officers administered CPR and rushed the baby to Lower Bucks Hospital where he was pronounced dead just after midnight. Tyler Sullivan (Bucks County District Attorney's Office)  Tyler Sullivan, 30, was charged with homicide and two counts of aggravated assault in the case. Following an examination of the infant, a doctor found that the child had suffered several injuries, including bruises and abrasions throughout the body. Investigators concluded that Sullivan had violently shaken the baby on at least two occasions Wednesday, and at least six additional times over the past six weeks. MORE LOCAL HEADLINES"We all have bene heartbroken about this mom losing her son, especially the way she did," Scancella said. Neighbors day the baby's 22-year-old mother and Sullivan were engaged to be married. "We have to do something for this mother and her family," Scancella said. "It’s heart-wrenching."