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Israel reports on the West Nile virus situation, pointing to climate change



The Israeli Ministry of Health has documented 74 cases of human West Nile virus since this week, including three deaths in individuals with underlying diseases

  Image / francok35
Image / francok35

Among the Councils and Die Areas where mosquitoes tested positive have been found in recent weeks: Emek HaMaayanot Regional Council, Gezer Regional Council, Megilot Regional Council, Mateh Yehuda Regional Council, Menashe Regional Council, Megiddo Regional Council, Alona Regional Council, Gush Etzion Regional Council, Gilboa Regional Council, Mazkeret Batya, Caesarea, Pardes Hanna-Karkur and other authorities

The ministers stress that the spread of viruses in a wide geographic distribution has been taken on the high likelihood of their presence in other areas of the country ̵

1; moreover, the samples and the public, the local authorities about possible mosquitoes in public judge. Increased joint oversight by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and the Ministry of Environmental Protection is being undertaken to minimize the likelihood of the virus being transmitted to humans and the protection of public health. The Minister for the Protection of the Environment and Health points to a morbidity increase that is taking place in Europe this year and links the high levels of morbidity Intensity of disease outbreak also with climate change and extreme weather conditions

The environmental and ecological changes caused by climate change can lead to extreme natural phenomena such as droughts and floods increasing and these phenomena in the form of diseases affecting the population in the region outbreaks, Water pollution, damage to infrastructure, etc. Extreme climatic events may increase the rate of multiplication of various pests. Mosquitoes and arthropods used to transmit a wide range of diseases, as well as to alter their dispersal patterns. Diseases affected by climate change include West Nile fever, malaria, leishmaniasis, dengue fever and more


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