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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.


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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.