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Polio Outbreak Ends in Israel

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.