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NY Health Officials Warn of Potential Polio Outbreak

New York State Health Commissioner Mary Bassett on Friday warned of a potential polio outbreak in the city after an adult in the metro area tested positive for the virus.

“Based on earlier polio outbreaks, New Yorkers should know that for every one case of paralytic polio observed, there may be hundreds of other people infected,” Bassett said.

“Coupled with the latest wastewater findings, the department is treating the single case of polio as just the tip of the iceberg of much greater potential spread.”

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