Polio Virus Found in Yerushalayim as Vaccinations Continue


The national polio vaccination campaign received new urgency on Monday following the first discovery of the wild polio virus in Yerushalayim.

After the virus was found in the city’s sewage treatment plant, the Health Ministry called on parents of children up to the age of 10 who have already received the killed-virus polio shot to arrange for the attenuated-virus drops as soon as possible in tipat halav (well-baby) centers.

“We have yet to overcome the virus and this highlights the need for the immediate completion of the polio vaccination,” urged the Ministry of Health.

An estimated 18,900 children were vaccinated on Monday, bringing the total, since the campaign started on August 5, to over 720,000.

No one has come down with the paralytic disease; only healthy carriers have been found.

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