New York declares statewide emergency after wastewater testing repeatedly finds polio in four counties; man left paralyzed
By Dr. Henri Migala
Photo: Iron lung machines in Downey, CA circa 1953, U.S. FDA
September 22, 2022 (San Diego) -- San Diego County funds wastewater testing in our region for COVID-19 and, more recently, for Monkeypox. But so far, no testing for polio has been authorized locally-- despite a resurgence in the U.S. of polio, the Governor of New York declaring a ‘state of emergency after the detection of polio in multiple counties, paralysis of one patient, and a directive this week from the Centers for Disease Control urging wastewater testing in at-risk communities.