launching a nationwide campaign to give a polio booster to all children under 9
after a rare discovery of the virus.
Grotto, director of Israel's public health service, said the campaign started on
Sunday. The move is being taken after a strain of the virus was found in sewage
in southern Israel in June. Experts believe the strain originated in neighbouring
already immunises its children against the disease. The new campaign gives a
second boost of protection.
been no clinical cases of the virus, which can lead to paralysis or death. But
some child carriers have been identified in Israel.
remains endemic in only three countries worldwide: Pakistan, Nigeria and