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Israel’s Health Ministry confirmed Thursday that two people have died this summer from West Nile virus. Both were older Israelis, ages 85 and 76; one had “preexisting health issues.”

At least one of the current 68 reported cases — double the number in 2017 — is hospitalized in critical condition, and 14 others are listed in serious condition.

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Israelis are being warned to protect themselves against insect bites; it’s important to pay a visit to the doctor if one develops symptoms of the virus, which include fever, rash and headache. More serious secondary conditions that can result from West Nile virus include meningitis.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.