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Israel Announces Polio Virus Found In Jerusalem Sewers

In the midst of a nationwide polio vaccination campaign, Israel’s health ministry on Monday announced “[p]olio virus has been found in Jerusalem’s sewers for the first time since Israel eliminated the disease,” the New York Times reports. “In June, the virus was found in sewage in Rahat, a small city in the Negev desert inhabited mostly by Bedouins,” the newspaper writes, adding, “The strain originated in Pakistan but appeared in Cairo’s sewers in January.” This is the first time the polio virus has appeared in Israeli sewage samples since 2002, and no one has been paralyzed by the virus in the country since 1988, the newspaper notes (McNeil, 9/9).

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