In recent weeks there has been a significant outbreak of the cholera virus in Syria. The United Nations expressed concern about this, stating that “cholera poses a serious threat to the entire region.” So far, more than 900 people have been infected with it and about ten deaths have been recorded. Apparently, one of the main factors in the spread of the virus is the severe lack of water in the country.
Dr. Gabi Weber, director of the Infectious Diseases Unit at the Carmel Medical Center, was a guest on Liat Ron’s program on Radio 104.5FM today (Wednesday), and clarified that the chances of the virus reaching Israel are low: “Cholera is a bacterium that has been known for a long time, and the danger of its spread in populated areas is negligible. Cholera usually spreads in disaster areas, in war zones, when the infrastructure is not able to supply us with water properly.”
He was asked if there was a chance that the water infected with cholera would reach the taps of the residents of the State of Israel, to which he replied: “I am not a water expert, but from my experience I know that we experienced the mouse bacterium several years ago. With proper treatment, and we usually do not drink water from sources that we You don’t know each other, the danger is zero. What you need to pay attention to is that the problem with the disease is severe diarrhea that causes a lack of fluids and salts.”