Israel: 29 people hospitalized after bathing in Lake Tiberias

Israel: 29 people hospitalized after bathing in Lake Tiberias

The Health Ministry is investigating the suspected presence of a parasite in the waters of the Sea of ​​Galilee (Lake Tiberias), the ministry announced on Tuesday. The microsporidium parasite can cause eye infections and even blurred vision.

In recent days, the Ministry of Health received a report from ophthalmologists of a large number of patients requiring hospitalization suffering from severe inflammation of the cornea, corneal scarring and, in more serious cases, disorders of the vision.

The review reveals that to date, 29 patients have been hospitalized in several different hospitals with corneal lesions characteristic of microsporidium infection.

The Ministry of Health has launched an epidemiological investigation from which it has so far emerged that at least some of the patients bathed on different beaches of Lake Tiberias.

In light of the data, which as mentioned is preliminary data, the Ministry of Health recommends using swimming goggles when swimming in the Sea of ​​Galilee to avoid direct eye contact with the water.

“Anyone who has bathed in the Sea of ​​Galilee and who suffers from eye inflammation, redness, pain, the sensation of a “foreign body” in the eyes, is urged to contact an ophthalmologist for diagnosis and treatment,” the health ministry said.

The Ministry of Health and the Water Authority operate the laboratory networks with the aim of locating the cause of the phenomenon.