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Israeli Ingenuity Helps Stop Spread of Ebola

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Israeli ingenuity is helping to stop the spread of the Ebola virus with a new sterile tent, produced by Israel’s SYS Technologies. At least 5,000 people in eight different countries have died of the disease thus far, out of 10,000 infected during the current outbreak.

The Or Akiva-based SYS Technologies firm specializes in mobile operating theaters and clean air systems. Its new special inflatable isolation tents have already been installed in Guinea, one of the three hardest-hit West African nations.

Other African nations have also purchased the tents in the hopes of halting the spread of the deadly virus.

“There is currently no effective treatment for Ebola, so the principal weapon against it is to isolate the patients so that others aren’t infected,” says Yossi Yonah, who is responsible for marketing the tents.

“Our units are far more readily available than other mobile structures and they are hermetically sealed and protect the surroundings from the patients.”

It takes two weeks for the company to produce and deliver the tents – already inflated – in accordance with the client’s specifications.

Positive pressure technology is used to create the absolutely clear and isolated environment inside the tent, and to maintain the structure. In addition, the company created an incubator-like stretcher for safe transfer of patients to the isolation tents.

Hana Levi Julian

Ebola and “Palestine” Recognition, Today’s Two Most Dangerous International Epidemics‏

Monday, October 13th, 2014

The power of the Ebola virus is like the premise of too many science-fiction books and movies. WHO World Health Organization:

The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50%. Case fatality rates have varied from 25% to 90% in past outbreaks.

4. What are typical signs and symptoms of infection? Sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat are typical signs and symptoms. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. (WHO)

Media headlines about how contagious it can be how easily it spreads make the idea of  flying in a plane or going to the hospital seem unnecessarily dangerous.


First signs are like a bad case of the flu, and it’s too easy to miss-diagnose it. That’s also how medical workers are getting sick, and then consider how many people each affected nurse, doctor etc. see on a daily basis, and you really do feel that a medical disaster movie is being played in real life.


The Jerusalem Post has reported that people who have arrived from the “affected areas” are being searched for to make sure none are carrying the dreaded Ebola virus. Considering the amount of tourism to Israel and the number of illegal workers from Africa, this is a danger. Yes, it’s a medical danger.

But there’s a different sort of danger encroaching on Israel, and that’s the growing de facto if not de jure recognition of “Palestine” as a nation by foreign countries and international bodies/organizations/NGOs.

There are two equally dangerous reasons for this, and by looking at the above map, you can see that although most Israelis try not to pay too much attention, this is no minor phenomena. Most of the world would be perfectly happy for “Palestine” to replace Israel, because the basis for their recognition is that they, and many world leaders, academics and ordinary people even in countries that haven’t yet recognized this new Arab country firmly and sincerely believe that Israel/Jews invaded an ancient country called “Palestine” and imposed a “new” Jewish one now called Israel. This very popular and accepted fallacy is the most dangerous “disease” which we in Israel must fight. It’s more dangerous than Ebola for sure.

Among the foreign leaders who firmly, religiously believe in the myth of Palestine is United States President Barack Hussein Obama. And unfortunately, Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who support the “two state solution,” enabling the establishment of a state called “Palestine” are actually undermining the security and continued existance of the State of Israel.

Bibi’s claims that he can control and limit the parameters of such a state in terms of demilitarization etc is just plain poppycock.

I’m more worried about the dangers of the Palestine virus than the Ebola one.


Batya Medad

Israel Starting Inoculation Drive to Prevent Polio Spread

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Israel’s Health Ministry will inoculate about 200,000 children with a weakened, live form of the polio virus in an effort to prevent the spread of the disease after its discovery in wastewater.

The announcement of the campaign on Sunday comes in response to the discovery in May of the polio virus in wastewater in Israel’s South that reportedly had been there since February.

Children up to age 9 will be inoculated with the vaccine. The children already have been inoculated against polio in their regular childhood vaccinations.

The purpose of the extra vaccine is to pass the weakened virus to adults with whom the children come into contact who may not previously have been vaccinated.

Israel’s Health Ministry has ordered half a million doses of the live weakened vaccine, and has taken delivery on 200,000 doses, which were distributed Sunday to clinics in the South.

There is a less than one in a million chance that an adult exposed to the vaccine will develop the disease.

Across Israel, the vaccination rate against polio is 94 percent, according to the World Health Organization, which is supporting the vaccination campaign and whose representatives reportedly called it “necessary.”

After being detected in May, the virus was detected in samples from at least 10 sites in Israel, mostly from the southern part of the country, according to WHO. In July, the virus also was found in sewage systems in Ramle, Lod, Modi’in and communities in the center of the country.

It is believed the virus was brought to Israel from Egypt; polio was discovered in sewage in Egypt in December. The same virus also is prevalent in Pakistan.

Israel experienced its last case of polio in 1988.

WHO sent a delegation to Israel in recent weeks to investigate the situation. There is concern in Europe that the disease will spread from Israel to other countries.


WHO Confirms Pakistani Polio Virus in Israel

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

he polio virus was detected in 30 sewage samples in Israel, the World Health Organization confirmed, spurring Israel to step up its vaccination efforts.

The samples from 10 sites in Israel were mostly from the southern part of the country, according to an update published on the WHO website in mid-July.

Dr. Nima Abid, a WHO representative in Pakistan, told a local news website over the weekend that the virus is the same as one prevalent in Pakistan.

It is not known how the virus traveled to Israel; Israel and Pakistan do not have diplomatic relations. Similar virus samples also were found in Egypt.

Israel’s Health Ministry has stepped up a vaccination campaign to inoculate children in the South with an additional weakened live polio vaccine.

Across Israel, the vaccination rate against polio is 94 percent, according to WHO.

Environmental surveillance sampling, including sampling of wastewater, was increased in Israel and implemented in the West Bank and Gaza, where the virus has not been detected since 2002, according to WHO.

Israel experienced its last case of polio in 1988.

A WHO delegation toured the Negev recently. The virus was first found in May in regular sewage samples taken from the Negev city of Rahat.


Israeli Teens 3rd Happiest Youths in the World

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Israeli teens are the third happiest group of adolescents in the world, according to the findings of the Happiness Index, the results of which will be released later this month by the World Health Organization.

Israel tied for third place with Holland, Iceland and Spain, being outranked only by Armenian and Macedonian kids.

The study showed that 51% of Israeli girls reported being happy, compared to 47% of boys.  Israeli Arabs were even happier than their Jewish counterparts, with 55% of girls and 47% of boys saying they are happy.

Ironically, Israeli teens also ranked as the fifth angriest group of adolescents in the world, ranking behind Turkey, Greece, Romania, and Armenia.

Countries with the lowest happiness rankings are Turkey, Ukraine, Poland, Latvia, and Canada.

The WHO research was compiled over four years and across 34 countries.

Malkah Fleisher

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