September 21, 2000 |
Israeli health authorities declared West Nile virus infection an epidemic, saying the mosquito-borne illness has killed 13 people in the nation this summer and infected thousands more. The virus has been in Israel for decades but had not been seen in the Western Hemisphere until last year, when it killed seven people in New York City. Israel is the first country to have declared such an epidemic since the virus spread to the United States.
July 8, 2000 |
It's the smell of the Kishon River that first hits you, long before the murky, oily waters are visible. Yuval Tamir spent years diving dutifully into those waters, inhaling the smell, absorbing the toxins that he believes contributed to the two cancers that he suffers today. Tamir belonged to an elite sea combat unit, the Jewish state's equivalent of Navy SEALs.
June 16, 1994 |
After six years of debate and a power struggle that reshaped Israeli politics, Parliament on Wednesday enacted a national health law that guarantees medical care for all citizens as a basic right. The law brings into the country's four medical care funds those Israelis, about 6% of the population, who have been without health insurance, often because of serious diseases, and it expands the services the funds provide. But the major change is to finance health care through a 4.
October 7, 1988 |
Health officials in Israel ordered the immunization of all citizens up to age 40 to stem an outbreak of polio, which had been thought to be under control in the country. Eight Israelis are known to have been stricken with polio in the past two months. The last case was reported Oct. 1, when an 8-year-old boy fell ill in the coastal town of Hadera, where the virus has been found in the sewage system.
September 24, 1988 |
Israeli soldiers began receiving polio vaccinations Friday as part of a nationwide attack on the disease by health officials after 10 people contracted the virus in recent weeks.
March 13, 1987 |
An Israeli court, responding to a request from a frightened father, ordered a 12-year-old boy not to visit an uncle stricken with AIDS, a newspaper reported Thursday. A Tel Aviv court issued the injunction after the father pleaded that his son's continued visits were "suicide," the Jerusalem Post reported without giving names. "This is our only son, and I feared for his life," the father, an Orthodox Jew, was quoted as saying. "Therefore I had to ask the court to help me save him."