Europe Risks Re-Introduction Of Polio From Israel, Report Says

“Europe is at risk of a re-introduction of polio, more than a decade after the region was declared free of the disease, after the disfiguring virus was found in sewage in Israel, according to a European Union report [.pdf]” released this week, Bloomberg News reports. “Poliovirus was identified in 91 sewage samples in Israel between February and August, and in the feces of 42 people in the same area, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control [ECDC] wrote,” the news service states, adding, “No cases of polio disease have been reported, the Stockholm-based ECDC said.” According to Bloomberg, the ECDC said, “Israel is a popular destination for E.U. travelers and vice versa. … Orthodox religious groups, among whom low vaccination coverage is often reported, are likely to be at increased risk.” The news service adds, “Israeli authorities have acted to prevent the spread of the virus, and European nations should make an effort to identify and target people who aren’t adequately protected by vaccine, the ECDC said” (Bennett, 9/25).

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