West Nile fever virus detected in mosquitoes across Israel

The Environmental Protection Ministry has directed all local authorities to intensify monitoring and extermination efforts.

The Israeli Environmental Protection Ministry has issued an alert after mosquitoes carrying the West Nile fever virus were discovered in multiple locations across the country. The affected areas span both central and southern regions of Israel, raising concerns about potential public health risks.

Affected areas include Central Israel, i.e.; Tel Aviv, Herzliya, Kiryat Ono, Petah Tikva, Lev Hasharon Regional Council, and Even Yehuda Local Council. The virus has also spread in some areas of Southern Israel, i.e.;  Eilat and the Eilot Regional Council.

The Environmental Protection Ministry has directed all local authorities to intensify monitoring and extermination efforts. A public health advisory was issued, urging citizens to use mosquito repellents for personal protection.

West Nile fever is a mosquito-borne viral infection that can cause severe neurological diseases in humans. While most infections are mild, the virus can lead to serious complications, particularly in older adults and people with weakened immune systems.

Authorities are likely to increase mosquito control activities, including larvicide treatments in standing water bodies. Residents are advised to eliminate standing water around their homes to reduce mosquito breeding sites.

The widespread detection of virus-carrying mosquitoes across diverse geographical areas underscores the need for a coordinated response. Health officials may be monitoring for any increase in human cases of West Nile fever in the coming weeks.

As Israel enters its warmer months, typically associated with increased mosquito activity, public adherence to preventive measures will be crucial in mitigating the spread of the virus. The situation remains under close observation by health and environmental authorities.