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68 cases of West Nile fever reported in Israel; twice as many as last year

Sixty-eight Israelis have been hospitalized due to West Nile fever, twice as many cases as last year, Hadashot news reports.

One of them, an 18-year old resident of Israel’s south is suffering from organ failure, and is being kept sedated and on a respirator in Beersheba’s Soroka Medical Center where he has been treated for the past two days, Ynet news reports.

Earlier this week, tests confirmed that mosquitoes carrying the virus were found in coastal areas, including the Menashe Regional Council, Alona Regional Council, Pardes Hannah, Binyamina and Caesarea. The Environment Ministry warned residents to protect themselves against insect bites and called on the local authorities to spray insecticide in areas where the are large numbers of mosquitoes or larvae.

The peak season for the West Nile fever in Israel is between August and October. The incubation period in humans is 3-15 days

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