Jerusalem: Israel has detected the first polio case since 1988 in a four-year-old child. The infection was detected in the child who was not vaccinated against the virus.
According to the statement, the ministry’s Jerusalem bureau has opened an epidemiological investigation into the case and will be in close contact with the child and his family to provide specific instructions.
At this stage the symptoms developed by the infected boy are unclear. The Israeli boy has not been hospitalized. Based on the findings of the investigation, further recommendations will be given, reports Haaretz.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry is concerned and called on those who are not yet vaccinated to get vaccinated.
Prof. Haggai Levin, Chairman of the Public Health Physicians’ Union, told the newspaper “This is a very abnormal occurrence, and all the details matter: The results of this investigation, the strain, the vaccination coverage in the population of origin.”
Eight polio workers killed in Afghanistan
Meanwhile, eight polio vaccination workers in four locations in northern Afghanistan were killed recently. One member of the vaccination transit team was killed in Taloqan district in Takhar province, while four members of house-to-house teams were murdered in two separate incidents in Kunduz city, according to a statement from the UN Country Team. Two vaccinators and a social mobilizer were killed in Emamsaheb district of Kunduz province.
The United Nations had condemned the brutal killing of the vaccination workers, the first such attacks since nationwide immunization campaigns resumed last November.
Ramiz Alakbarov, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, took to Twitter to express condemnation in the strongest terms. He said the attacks and assassinations were a violation of international humanitarian law.
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyeus, has also expressed his profound shock. Four of the health workers were women, he said in a post on Twitter.
“We extend our deepest condolences to their families and colleagues,” he wrote, adding that health workers should not be targeted.