The polio virus was found in New York City wastewater, in another indication that the disease, which has not been detected in the United States for a decade, is spreading slowly among unvaccinated people, US health officials said Friday.

The presence of the virus in the city's wastewater likely indicates the spread of the virus locally

The presence of the virus in city sewage likely indicates a local spread of the virus, city and state health authorities said.

The New York State Health Commissioner, Dr. Mary T. Bassett said the detection of the virus in New York City sewage samples is worrisome but not surprising.

"The risk to New Yorkers is real, but the defense is very simple, get the polio vaccine," New York City Health Commissioner Ashuvin Vasan said.

He continued, "With the spread of polio in our communities there, there is simply nothing more necessary than vaccinating our children to protect them from this virus, and if you have not had the vaccine or have received it incomplete as adults, please choose to have it now." It is completely preventable and its resurgence should be a wake-up call for all of us."

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