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Polio Virus Discovered in Sewage From Israel

The Polio virus has been found in a sewage sample from Israel for the first time since 2002, the World Health Organization announced on Monday. But no children or adults newly paralyzed by polio have been identified in Israel or in Gaza or the West Bank.

The sample was from Rahat, a city in the Negev Desert near the Egyptian border that has 53,000 residents, primarily Bedouins.

There has not been a case of polio in Israel since 1988. The virus was last found in sewage samples in 1991 and 2002.

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