Israel Detects First Polio Case Since 1989

A child afflicted with polio is treated at the Tzrifin army base in Israel, during a visit by Hadassah representatives and Israel Police officers, 1954. Credit: The Eddie Hirschbein Collection.

A four-year-old boy from Jerusalem has contracted the first known case of polio in Israel since 1989, the Health Ministry reported on Sunday.

A ministry official told Israel Hayom that the child was in state of weakness and in a condition that could deteriorate to paralysis.

According to the ministry, neither the child nor his family had been vaccinated against polio.

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The Health Ministry thinks that the child from Jerusalem is just one of hundreds or thousands of children who might have been exposed to a mutant strain of polio.

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SOURCE: Jewish News Syndicate; Israel Hayom, Maytal Yasur Beit-Or

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