Rahat action after wild polio virus found in sewage

June 4, 2013 19:04

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.

Ministry 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.

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