32 Cases of West Nile Fever in Israel Since May

By Aryeh Stern

A mosquito.

The Health Ministry announced on Monday that 32 Israelis have been diagnosed with West Nile Fever since May. Among these, 27 patients have been hospitalized, with three requiring ventilators.

Tragically, two patients succumbed to the virus over the weekend at Petach Tikvah’s Beilinson Hospital.

West Nile Virus is transmitted through mosquito bites and causes West Nile Fever. Most individuals infected with the virus do not develop symptoms. However, about 20% experience symptoms ranging from mild to severe, including fever, general malaise, headaches, and body aches. Neurological complications occur in less than 1% of cases.

In Israel, the incidence of West Nile Virus typically increases between June and November.

The Health Ministry has urged the public to use mosquito repellents and fans to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

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