Two unusual cases of rabies in lambs near Afula were reported Monday by the
Health Ministry, which warned people who had been in touch with the young sheep
to contact their district health office.
The fatal viral disease was
confirmed in the lambs at moshav Kfar Yehoshua and moshav Beit Zayit in the
Jezreel Valley. The lambs had been meant for fattening and sale as
The ministry said that anyone who had been in contact with the
lamb sheds at the two locations in the last two weeks, or if his own animals had
been in contact with possibly ill lambs, he should contact the Afula District
Health Office at (04) 609-9000 or (04) 609-9050 or go to their nearest district
health office. On weekends and after hours, go to the nearest hospital emergency
The ministry also wants to alert travelers to the area and not only
those who live there. Parents are asked to check with their children if they
touched lambs in the area.
Anyone who has been bitten or scratched by a
mammal should wash the wound carefully with soap and running water, disinfect
the area and go to a district health office, where it will be determined if
prophylactic treatment against rabies is needed.