All travellers leaving Israel are being vaccinated following the spread of a cholera outbreak. Tourists?
All travellers leaving Israel are being vaccinated following the spread of a cholera outbreak. Tourists entering the country are also being advised to seek inoculation.
Three more cases of cholera confirmed today (Monday) bring the total of victims to 31 reported so far in Israel and Israeli-held territory.
Nearly all cholera cases to date were diagonased in Jerusalem or in nearby Arab refugee camps on the occupied Jordanian West Bank . Of the three new cases reported today, one was the relative of a man who died of the disease yesterday (Sunday) after contracting it is Jerusalem.
Israeli doctors fear the disease could spread more rapidly in the Arab villages and camps of occupied Jordan rather than in Israel's modern cities. So they have imposed a quarantine wherever cholera has broken out in occupied Arab territory. This has meant a loss of income for many Arabs now under quarantine who hold jobs in Jerusalem.
Health authorities insist there is no danger yet of an epidemic, but are insisting all fruit and vegetables should be washed in detergent.
Checkpoints set up at the bridge linking Jordan with Israel ensure that no-one can cross in either direction without inoculation papers. Food grown in Jordan specifically for export cannot cross into Israel at all, which deals another economic blow to the Arabs on Palestine.
Doctors say that cholera is no longer the dreaded plague disease of the Middle Ages. It can be cured effectively if diagnosed quickly, but they are not taking any chances.