By VIN News
Due to the recent resurgence of the extremely dangerous Polio virus, many influential Rockland County Rabbanim have released a strongly worded statement, urging everyone to get the polio vaccine.
State health officials in New York are warning of expanding “community spread” of the polio virus after it was found in wastewater samples from another upstate county.
The state Department of Health said Friday the polio virus was detected in four samples from Sullivan County, two each in July and August. Sullivan County is several dozen miles northwest of Rockland County, where officials on July 21 announced the first case of polio in the United States in nearly a decade. The unidentified young adult was unvaccinated.
The Sullivan County samples are genetically-linked to a recent case of paralytic polio in Rockland County.
The letter from the Rabbanin reads:
It has come to our attention that polio is spreading in Rockland County. Wastewater samples taken in Rockland, Orange, and Sullivan Counties confirmed the ongoing presence of the disease. This is very concerning since polio can cause permanent paralysis, and in rare cases, death. It is also highly contagious and there is a real fear that it may develop into an outbreak chas vashalom.
We therefore ask everyone, without exception, to follow the guidelines given by the medical professionals. All children and adults must ensure that they are fully vaccinated against polio. The polio vaccine has been in use for over 70 years and has passed the test of time. It has shown to be both safe and very effective; to the point that polio had been almost completely eradicated. We thus urge the entire tzibur to follow the guidelines and make sure everyone is immunized.