According to health officials, 27 cases of leptospirosis, including at least 13 serious cases, have been reported in the Golan Heights as of mid-August. Reports indicate that the outbreak was traced back to the Zaki, Yehudiya, Meshushim, and Zavitan streams in the southern area of the Golan Heights.
Leptospirosis, also called Weil's disease, is a bacterial disease spread via the urine of infected animals. Known carriers include rodents, cattle, pigs, and dogs. Symptoms of the illness include fever, nausea, muscle aches, vomiting, and diarrhea. If left untreated, leptospirosis can result in death.
Individuals present in the affected area are advised to avoid all contact with animals (especially rodents) and to refrain from swimming or wading in water that may have been contaminated by animal urine. Individuals who believe they may have contracted leptospirosis should seek immediate medical attention.
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