Health Ministry announces death of third person from West Nile fever

Reporter at The Times of Israel

The Health Ministry announces that a third person died from West Nile fever at Sheba Medical Center yesterday.

Three other patients at the hospital have been diagnosed with the virus. They are in serious condition, according to a hospital spokesperson.

A nine-year-old girl who was admitted to Ichilov Hospital tested positive for the disease. According to Hebrew media, she has been released. The ministry is waiting for the results from a second test.

Two women in their eighties died of West Nile fever on Saturday at Beilinson Hospital over the weekend.

Another Beilinson patient might have also died from the virus, says the ministry. The hospital spokesperson did not comment.

At least 42 people have been diagnosed with West Nile fever, of which 36 were hospitalized, and five were ventilated, according to the Health Ministry.

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