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Polio virus found in sewage in central Israel

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July 11, 2013 17:29

Remnants of wild polio virus has been found in the sewage in the Sharon, Modi’in, Ramle, Lod and Gezer sewage treatment facilities, as it previously has been in the south up to Beersheba and Kiryat Gat, the Health Ministry said on Thursday, but no one has actually been infected with the disease.

It has in the last few weeks tested 1,400 sewage samples. The amount of virus residue in Rahat, the Beduin town where the first sign of the virus was found, and in Beersheba, has stabilized, said the ministry, which advised people to wash their hands with soap and water after going to the bathroom and before eating and for children lacking their regular polio shots to get them.

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