Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus found in Tel Aviv metropolitan area

(VOVWORLD) - Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been identified in the heavily populated Gush Dan area of central Israel for the first time this summer.

The Environmental Protection Ministry  warned coronavirus sufferers to take particular care.

The Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan municipalities have been instructed to increase monitoring and, where necessary, undertake pest control. Diseased insects have already been found in the north of the country in and around the Kishon Stream in the Mount Gilboa area, and in the communities of Yotvata, Ketura, Eliphaz and Grofit in the Arava Desert in the south. West Nile virus is a zoonotic disease, meaning that it originates in animals and is transmitted to humans. It is caused by a virus found mainly in birds, and is spread to humans through mosquito bites.

There is no vaccine against the disease.