Deadly mosquitoes: West Nile fever outbreak in Israel

Five patients infected with West Nile fever were admitted to the Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, some of the patients are in serious condition. All patients live in the area of ​​northern Tel Aviv, and they became infected here in Israel, and did not “bring” the disease from vacation. The source of the disease was the bite of an infected mosquito.

According to, some patients developed severe neurological disorders that had an extremely negative impact on their functionality. According to experts, in many years they have not seen so many severe cases of West Nile fever at the same time.

Dr. Evgeniy Katsman, a specialist in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the infectious diseases department of the Ichilov hospital, noted that three patients with West Nile fever are currently hospitalized in the hospital, two of them in serious condition. They all live in the Tel Aviv area: Ramat HaHayal, Shikun Dan, and the elite neighborhood of Tzahala. Among the patients is a 77-year-old man, absolutely healthy and in excellent physical shape, walking 5 kilometers every day, who has become severely weakened due to illness.

The second patient, aged 60 years, was admitted with a complaint of slow reactions and balance problems: he had brain disturbances and double vision. The third case, a 79-year-old man, presented with weakness in his legs to the extent that he could not stand. During the examination, damage to the spinal cord was revealed, and at some stage he fell into a coma – the patient is now connected to an artificial respiration apparatus.

These three cases complement two previous cases of West Nile fever in Israel: if previously there were one or two such cases per year, now we can talk about a real outbreak of the disease, with all cases localized in approximately the same area.

Secondary complications of West Nile fever are typical for older people. While young people carry it like a normal virus, accompanied by fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea, older patients are more likely to experience serious complications, including neurological complications. The prognosis in this case is very serious: many disorders are irreversible, patients suffer from functional impairment and have virtually no chance of returning to normal life. In some cases, the disease can be fatal.

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