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Europe Sees Risk of Polio Re-Introduction From Israel

Europe is at risk of a re-introduction of polio, more than a decade after the region was declared free of the disease, after the disfiguring virus was found in sewage in Israel, according to a European Union report.

Poliovirus was identified in 91 sewage samples in Israel between February and August, and in the feces of 42 people in the same area, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control wrote in a report today. No cases of polio disease have been reported, the Stockholm-based ECDC said.