New York State health officials are worried polio has once again been detected in the Hudson Valley.

On Friday, the New York State Department of Health confirmed polio was found in new wastewater samples in Orange County.

2 New Samples Of Polio Found In Orange County, New York

Orange County Department of Health
Orange County Department of Health

The positive samples came from both the Harriman and Middletown sewage treatment plants, officials say

Polio Found In New York State For The First Time In Six Weeks

The new positive samples come after six straight weeks of testing in New York State that provided negative results.


As of January 6, the CDC confirmed the presence of poliovirus in a total of 101 positive samples across New York State.

The two new strains, from Orange County, New York, are genetically linked to paralytic polio found in a Rockland County man in July 2022.

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Rockland County, New York Resident Tests Positive For Polio


In late July, health officials confirmed a Rockland County resident tested positive for polio.

The virus left the young Rockland County resident paralyzed.

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It's believed the Rockland County resident got the virus from someone outside of the United States.

Over 100 Confirmed Cases Of Polio In New York State


Of the 101 positive polio samples of concern, 94 samples are genetically linked to the paralytic polio case found in Rockland County

Of the 94 samples:

44 samples were collected in Rockland County

31 samples in Orange County

13 samples were collected in Sullivan County

5 samples were collected in New York City, all from Brooklyn

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