TEL AVIV (Nov. 8)
The polio outbreak in Israel has been officially declared over.
Health Minister Shoshana Arbeli-Almoslino reported Tuesday that no new cases have been diagnosed in the last five weeks.
Fifteen cases in all were reported between August and October, leading to a mass inoculation drive.
A total of 3.2 million people under age 40 were given the polio vaccine, the health minister said. She said they included ultra-Orthodox Jews and others who at first refused to be inoculated.
Meanwhile, Health Ministry officials here said rumors of a meningitis outbreak were false.