Israel to take polio vaccination campaign nationwide
JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel is to vaccinate all children against polio, after "thousands" of people in the south of the country were found to be carriers, Health Minister Yael German said on Saturday.
Ms German said 98 per cent of Israelis were already vaccinated but could pass the virus onto the remainder.
"We discovered that we had several thousand temporary carriers of the virus," she told privately-owned Channel 2 television.
"It's only a matter of time, if we have thousands of carriers in the south - our country is very small - before the virus in the body of somebody who is innoculated meets somebody who is not, or whose immunity has weakened over the years," she said.