Israel reports 19 West Nile fever cases since May

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  • Saturday, 22 Jun 2024

JERUSALEM, June 21 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli Ministry of Health on Friday reported 19 cases of West Nile fever diagnosed since the beginning of May, with several of them detected in the last two days.

The ministry noted in a statement that 17 of the diagnosed patients were hospitalized, with three of them currently ventilated.

All cases were detected in central Israel, said the statement, advising the public to take measures to reduce exposure to mosquitoes.

It noted that the annual incidence of the virus in Israel began earlier than usual this year due to climate change, with humid weather in the center of the country leading to the breeding and development of mosquitoes in this area.

The virus, primarily transmitted to humans via mosquito bites, usually results in flu-like symptoms, including headaches, fever, weakness, muscle and joint aches, conjunctivitis, rashes, and occasionally, nausea or diarrhea.

About one in 150 infected individuals will develop severe illnesses that impact the central nervous system, such as encephalitis or meningitis, which can result in paralysis, brain damage, and even death.

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