Report: Wild polio virus discovered in Ashdod

Southern city Kiryat Gat also finds traces of the virus in the town's sewer systems after initial discovery in Rahat last week.

June 13, 2013 06:48
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Wild polio virus was discovered in the sewage system of port city Ashdod and in the southern town of Kiryat Gat on Wednesday, Channel 2 News reported.

Though Health Ministry officials are calling for calm, there has been an outbreak of requests from local citizens to receive booster shots, the report said.

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The worrisome report follows last week's uncovering of the polio virus in the Beduin down of Rahat in the Negev.

"The process of vaccinating the entire population of Rahat, considered to be the source of the problem, is underway," the Ministry of Health said.

Ministry of Health officials have called on citizens to practice hygienic dilligence, by hand washing before and after meals, while downplaying the threat of actually contracting the virus which has not happened yet.

Judy Siegel-Itzkovic contributed to this report.

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