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Israel Starting Inoculation Drive to Prevent Polio Spread

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Israel’s Health Ministry will inoculate about 200,000 children with a weakened, live form of the polio virus in an effort to prevent the spread of the disease after its discovery in wastewater.

The announcement of the campaign on Sunday comes in response to the discovery in May of the polio virus in wastewater in Israel’s South that reportedly had been there since February.

Children up to age 9 will be inoculated with the vaccine. The children already have been inoculated against polio in their regular childhood vaccinations.

The purpose of the extra vaccine is to pass the weakened virus to adults with whom the children come into contact who may not previously have been vaccinated.

Israel’s Health Ministry has ordered half a million doses of the live weakened vaccine, and has taken delivery on 200,000 doses, which were distributed Sunday to clinics in the South.

There is a less than one in a million chance that an adult exposed to the vaccine will develop the disease.

Across Israel, the vaccination rate against polio is 94 percent, according to the World Health Organization, which is supporting the vaccination campaign and whose representatives reportedly called it “necessary.”

After being detected in May, the virus was detected in samples from at least 10 sites in Israel, mostly from the southern part of the country, according to WHO. In July, the virus also was found in sewage systems in Ramle, Lod, Modi’in and communities in the center of the country.

It is believed the virus was brought to Israel from Egypt; polio was discovered in sewage in Egypt in December. The same virus also is prevalent in Pakistan.

Israel experienced its last case of polio in 1988.

WHO sent a delegation to Israel in recent weeks to investigate the situation. There is concern in Europe that the disease will spread from Israel to other countries.

WHO Confirms Pakistani Polio Virus in Israel

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

he polio virus was detected in 30 sewage samples in Israel, the World Health Organization confirmed, spurring Israel to step up its vaccination efforts.

The samples from 10 sites in Israel were mostly from the southern part of the country, according to an update published on the WHO website in mid-July.

Dr. Nima Abid, a WHO representative in Pakistan, told a local news website over the weekend that the virus is the same as one prevalent in Pakistan.

It is not known how the virus traveled to Israel; Israel and Pakistan do not have diplomatic relations. Similar virus samples also were found in Egypt.

Israel’s Health Ministry has stepped up a vaccination campaign to inoculate children in the South with an additional weakened live polio vaccine.

Across Israel, the vaccination rate against polio is 94 percent, according to WHO.

Environmental surveillance sampling, including sampling of wastewater, was increased in Israel and implemented in the West Bank and Gaza, where the virus has not been detected since 2002, according to WHO.

Israel experienced its last case of polio in 1988.

A WHO delegation toured the Negev recently. The virus was first found in May in regular sewage samples taken from the Negev city of Rahat.

Israeli Teens 3rd Happiest Youths in the World

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Israeli teens are the third happiest group of adolescents in the world, according to the findings of the Happiness Index, the results of which will be released later this month by the World Health Organization.

Israel tied for third place with Holland, Iceland and Spain, being outranked only by Armenian and Macedonian kids.

The study showed that 51% of Israeli girls reported being happy, compared to 47% of boys.  Israeli Arabs were even happier than their Jewish counterparts, with 55% of girls and 47% of boys saying they are happy.

Ironically, Israeli teens also ranked as the fifth angriest group of adolescents in the world, ranking behind Turkey, Greece, Romania, and Armenia.

Countries with the lowest happiness rankings are Turkey, Ukraine, Poland, Latvia, and Canada.

The WHO research was compiled over four years and across 34 countries.

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