The polio virus has been found in the sewage of the city of New York in another sign that the disease, which had not been seen in USA in a decade, it is quietly spreading among unvaccinated people, health officials said Friday.
They urged the population to be vaccinated, especially children.
The presence of poliovirus had also been detected in Londonin its sewage system, and the capital launched a polio booster program for children ages 1 to 9.
Local, state and federal authorities are working to investigate if there are more cases of polio and assess the spread of the virus, precisely at a time when the coronavirus and the emerging monkeypox continue to be dealt with.
The poliomyelitis It is a highly contagious disease that can cause paralysis within hours, and even death.
The virus invades the nervous system and is transmitted from person to person, mainly affecting children under 5 years of age.