Polio in Israel
By Micah Halpern
Some news flashes send a chill up oneís spine.
When Israelís Health Ministry announced that a child in Jerusalem tested positive for polio, an illness not seen in Israel since 1989, I was stunned and I was saddened.
The ministry added that the 4-year-old child was not vaccinated against the disease as is required.
The Jerusalem regional health administration opened an epidemiological investigation to get specific answers on how this child contracted polio. The office is maintaining contact with the child and his family, providing instructions for those involved in his care.
Clearly, people are not vaccinated against polio. No one knows how many. This is very dangerous.
In Israel, the Health Ministry has records of all vaccinations - they need to check and act fast and vaccinate unvaccinated children.
One new case of polio is one case too many.
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