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Euro Surveill. 2013 Sep 19;18(38). pii: 20586.

Insidious reintroduction of wild poliovirus into Israel, 2013.

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The Division of Epidemiology, Public Health Services, Ministry of Health, Jerusalem, Israel.

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  • Euro Surveill. 2013;18(49):pii/20651.


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.

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