Leptospirosis, West Nile Virus Continue to Spread

Mosquito, which spreads West Nile Virus.

Although they have been out of the headlines in recent weeks, several nature-related diseases that had been spreading over the summer in Israel have shown no signs of abating, a Maariv report said. Among the diseases that are still spreading are West Nile Virus, Leptospirosis, and Cutaneous Leishmaniasis.

All three are the result of exposure to environmental conditions, and all three can – and have – spread in an infectious manner, with the numbers of victims growing in recent weeks. At the end of August, 74 people in Israel had been diagnosed with West Nile Virus, with 14 of them in serious condition. As of the middle of September, 102 people had been diagnosed with the disease. Three people have died from the disease so far.

Leptospirosis, which made the news over the summer after numerous people contracted the disease while swimming in natural springs in northern Israel, shows no signs of relenting as well. At the end of August 462 people were diagnosed with the disease, but by mid-September the figure grew to 620  diagnosed with 146 hospitalized.