Residents of the Beduin town of Rahat in the Negev have been offered booster
shots against polio as a precautionary measure following the discovery of wild
polio virus in the town’s sewage, the Health Ministry has announced.
staffers regularly check sewage samples for polio virus, even though no one has
come down with the disease for decades.
A small amount of the virus was also
detected in Beersheba sewage, the ministry said, apparently vestiges from Rahat.
The discovery does not signal an outbreak but rather that the digestive system
of someone who apparently was abroad carried the wild virus but was not
infected. The ministry reminded the Rahat population to observe hygienic
practices such as washing hands after visiting the toilet and before being in
contact with food. In addition, anyone who has completed his polio vaccinations
should do so.