Seventeen children and two adults from the Arab village of Barta'a in Wadi Ara arrived this week at the emergency room of Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Tzrifin.
Showing high fever, bloody stools and confusion, they were diagnosed with Shigella bacteria that cause dysentery.
The infection apparently came from drinking polluted water from a well in the village.
They were given liquids and antibiotics, and the Health Ministry was informed.
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