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        6/26/2013, Tammuz 18, 5773

      Polio Present in Sewers but No Cases of People Struck


      Health Minister Yael German announced, Wednesday, that the ministry is preparing for a situation in which everyone in the state must be immunized against polio. She added monitoring of all the sewer systems in the country would continue, stressing that the recent drive to innoculate children under the age of six, which started in the Negev community of Rahat, was predicated by the finding of traces of the crippling disease in southern sewer systems.

      German said, "As of now there is no case of somebody who is sick from polio." She also stressed that the findings were in the sewage systems and not the drinking water. Israel's vaccination level for the disease stands at 95 percent and the country is special in its massive monitoring of the sewers. Israel has approached the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control for assistance.