An 87-year-old woman who suffered from serious cardiovascular and other diseases
and was bitten by a mosquito infected with West Nile fever died recently, the
Health Ministry reported on Monday.
There have been 24 other diagnosed
cases and six possible cases of the fever in recent weeks; by this time last
year, there were only six to 13 reported cases.
As the annual outbreak
arrived earlier than usual, the Health and Environmental Protection ministries
reminded the public to do what they could to keep mosquitoes away.
includes using window screens and mosquito repellent, drying up standing water
and wearing light, long-sleeved clothing.
The virus has no harmful
effects on the healthy, but people with weak immune systems – including young
children, the chronically ill and the elderly – are at risk for complications if
The two ministries work together to reduce the numbers of
mosquitoes and fight the spread of the disease. More information (in Hebrew) can
be obtained at www.health.gov.il and www.sviva.gov.il.