A research scientist holds a vial marked "Zika" .
(photo credit: REUTERS)
An additional case of the Zika virus was diagnosed in central Israel this morning, in a female patient who contracted the disease during a recent trip to Mexico and Cuba.
The patient, who is a resident of Rishon Lezion, has received specific guidelines for conduct regarding the virus, and is in good condition, according to a joint statement from the Environmental Protection and Health ministries. Thus far, about 20 Israelis have been diagnosed with Zika in recent months – with all of the infections originating abroad rather than through local transmission, the ministries said.
"It should be noted that in wintertime, there is a relatively low likelihood of transmission, and therefore, there is little risk to residents," the statement continued.
Nonetheless, both the Environmental Protection Ministry and the Health Ministry stressed the importance of preventing mosquito bites and the transmission of the Zika virus, calling upon Israelis to eliminate mosquito incubation hubs such as standing water.
"This recommendation is valid for the entire country," the statement from the ministries said.
Under the supervision of the Environmental Protection Ministry, the local authority is performing monitoring activities of mosquitoes in the area. Residents must obey all instructions with regard to pesticide use, in order to minimize unnecessary exposure to harmful chemicals, the ministries added.