Insidious reintroduction of wild poliovirus into israel, 2013

E. Anis, E. Kopel, S. R. Singer, E. Kaliner, L. Moerman, J. Moran-Gilad, D. Sofer, Y. Manor, L. M. Shulman, E. Mendelson, M. Gdalevich, B. Lev, R. Gamzu, I. Grotto

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Israel was certified as polio-free country in June 2002, along with the rest of the World Health Organization European Region. Some 11 years later, wild-type polio virus 1 (WPV1) was isolated initially from routine sewage samples collected between 7 and 13 April 2013 in two cities in the Southern district. WPV1-specific analysis of samples indicated WPV1 introduction into that area in early February 2013. National supplementary immunisation with oral polio vaccine has been ongoing since August 2013.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number38
StatePublished - Sep 2013


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