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Polio Patient Dies at 26

The first person taken ill in Israel’s recent polio outbreak died at Meir Hospital in Kfar Sava Wednesday.

But doctors said the death of Michaela keren, 26, may have been the result of another ailment, brought on by lying prone in bed for many weeks.

They said she appeared to be making satisfactory progress from the polio attack and they expressed shock at her sudden death.

The Health Ministry has asked the deceased’s family for permission to perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Keren worked as a secretary at the Carmel carpet factory in Or Akiva.