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Hundreds of other people could have polio after an adult in a suburb of New York City caught the virus and suffered paralysis last month, the state's top health official said this week.

New York State Health Commissioner Mary Bassett warned that the confirmed polio case in an unvaccinated adult, coupled with the detection of the virus in sewage outside the nation's largest city could, indicate a bigger outbreak is underway.

"Based on earlier polio outbreaks, New Yorkers should know that for every one case of paralytic polio observed, there may be hundreds of other people infected," Bassett said. "Coupled with the latest wastewater findings, the Department is treating the single case of polio as just the tip of the iceberg of much greater potential spread."

Bassett said it is crucial that children are vaccinated by the time they are two months old, and all adults -- including pregnant women -- who have not received their shots should get vaccinated immediately.

"As we learn more, what we do know is clear: the danger of polio is present in New York today," Bassett said.

New York state health officials confirmed last month that an unvaccinated adult in Rockland County, a suburb of New York City, had caught polio and was hospitalized with paralysis. Health officials subsequently found three positive polio samples in Rockland County wastewater and and four positive samples in Orange County sewage.

The sewage samples that tested positive for polio are genetically linked to the strain which the unvaccinated adult caught. The findings do not indicate that the individual who caught polio was the source of transmission, but local transmission could be underway, health officials said.

"These findings provide further evidence of local — not international — transmission of a polio virus that can cause paralysis and potential community spread, underscoring the urgency of every New York adult and child getting immunized," the New York State Department of Health said.

Rockland County has a polio vaccination rate of 60%, while Orange County has a vaccination rate of 58%, according to health officials. This is much lower than the statewide vaccination rate of nearly 79%, the officials said.

The U.S. was declared polio free in 1979 and a case had not originated in the country since then, but travelers have occasionally brought the virus into the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New York last confirmed a polio case in 1990 and the U.S. previously confirmed a case in 2013, according to state health officials.

Children should receive four doses of the polio vaccine. The first dose should be administered by two months of age, the second dose at 4 months, the third at 18 months, and the fourth by age 6, according to state health officials. Unvaccinated adults should receive three doses.

Polio is a highly infectious, devastating virus that can cause paralysis. The virus struck fear into parents hearts in the 1940s before vaccines were available. More than 35,000 people became paralyzed every year from polio during that period. But a successful vaccination campaign in the 1950s and 1960s dramatically reduced the number of cases.

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Cowboys in Wide Open Race for Free Agent WR Odell Beckham

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All signs point to the Dallas Cowboys being the frontrunners in the Odell Beckham Jr. free agency sweepstakes — but not so fast.

Despite some significant back and forth between Beckham and Dallas, NFL insider Josina Anderson of CBS Sports thinks the wide receiver’s decision is still far from made up.

Beckham is set to visit Dallas in the coming weeks, as well as his former team — the New York Giants. Anderson reported that the Chiefs and Ravens will also be in the conversation and Beckham is weighing his options carefully.

“I think that everything relative to OBJ is still wide open and fluid. Which is why I believe he still wants to have this tour, so it gives him an opportunity to put all of his options on the table and weigh them side by side,” Anderson said on Friday, via the New York Post. “There are really strong qualities about the teams he’s considering and there are things to consider a little bit more, whether you want to call them a drawback or not as favorable.”

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The Cowboys appear to be a prime landing spot for Beckham. Dallas could use the extra depth alongside CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup and Noah Brown and owner Jerry Jones has sounded eager to get a deal done.

“Odell is someone that we have all the appreciation in the world for what he is as a competitor,” Jones said on 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas, via The Athletic. “I know the Cowboys star on that helmet when he puts it on could look pretty good. … We may or may not get something done as far as adding at WR but, if we don’t, I like where we are.”

Quarterback Dak Prescott has also done his part in the recruiting effort, reaching out to Beckham.

“I’ve definitely sent some messages,” Prescott told reporters on Tuesday. “He knows how much I want him here, and a lot of the guys in this locker room have reached out on their own in different ways — to make sure he understands this is a team he can help. And we want him to come help.”

Beckham Thinking Long-Term With Next Move

The Cowboys can see Beckham helping out this season as they eye a deep playoff run after reeling off an 8-3 record. However, Beckham appears to be thinking more long-term with his next deal, with the 30-year-old looking to sign with a team where he can spend multiple years — if not the rest of his career.

“The desire for him to get this one right, make it his home and make it the team that he can really stick with throughout the rest of his career and to cement the legacy of his career,” Anderson said.

She also hinted that Beckham could wait until the offseason to ink a deal if he doesn’t feel the time is right.

“But you also have to ask yourself when is the best time in terms of his leverage,” Anderson said. “Is that this season, or is that for the next new league year when free agency begins again and he can have more time to rest off that torn ACL.”

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