First West Nile virus case for 2010

June 20, 2010 19:34


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

A 62-year-old man is the first Israeli this season to be diagnosed with West Nile virus, which is spread by mosquitoes bred in standing water and usually appears in summer.

The man had flu-like symptoms such as headache, muscle aches and weakness but no fever on June 2. After he was hospitalized, the results of lab tests showed he was positive for the virus, the Health Ministry reported on Sunday.

Every year, there are 30 to 130 reported cases, but in most of them, no damage is done. Those more susceptible to complications, which include chronic meningitis, are the elderly over 65 and people with chronic illnesses. In the first case of the season, the patient recovered. The ministry recommends screens on windows, mosquito repellant and eliminating standing water wherever possible.

Related Content

Breaking news
August 17, 2018
Final interrogation of Netanyahu in 'Bezeq Affair' ends after 4 hours