Galilee tourism hit by leptospirosis outbreak

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that 42 Israelis have contracted leptospirosis from bathing in a contaminated spring in the Golan.

By MICHAL RAZ-CHAIMOVICH/GLOBES
August 21, 2018 09:42
1 minute read.
Zavitan River

Upper Zavitan River. (photo credit: HADAR YAHAV)

 
X

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 analysis 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

(TNS) – The outbreak of leptospirosis in northern Israel has hit the tourist industry to that region hard. Regional councils are reporting that in the height of the summer season bookings are down by 30%. The Center for Regional Councils sent a letter to Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin this morning demanding that he introduce a campaign to promote tourism to the Galilee.



A Related Video You May Like:
 
Clean water is pumped into Golan stream due to Leptospirosis outbreak, August 20, 2018 (Israel Nature and Parks Authority)The Ministry of Health has confirmed that 42 Israelis have contracted leptospirosis from bathing in a contaminated spring in the Golan Heights and the waters that it feeds. In most cases the symptoms were mild. The contamination was probably caused from the feces of cattle herds and contaminate waters have been closed. The Ministry of Health stresses that it is safe to travel to the north and the disease cannot be caught from the air or pool water.

On top of the leptospirosis scare, guest house owners feel they have been hit by Ministry of Tourism campaigns stressing Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and the achievements of the "Open Skies" program which makes air fares and traveling abroad much cheaper.


Low-cost flights have made life difficult for Israeli hoteliers and especially guest houses in the north, which charge much higher prices than destinations in overseas countries such as Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria and Romania.

———

©2018 the Globes (Tel Aviv, Israel). Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

THE PALESTINIAN COMMUNITY of Shuafat sits next to a Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem. ‘To take advan
April 23, 2019
Trump administration discourages use of ‘two-state solution’

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA