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Cholera Cases Increasing; Israel Seeks Exchange of Information with Arab States

The total of cholera cases in Israel rose to 23 (including five precautionary hospitalizations) as four new cases were diagnosed here today. One of the new patients is an employee of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical School here. Medical teams are still searching for the sources of the infections. Meanwhile, major cleanup campaigns have been launched by the municipalities of this city and Tel Aviv to help prevent the spread of the disease. The Health Ministry announced it has ordered anti-cholera vaccine from Europe. but only as a precaution; there are still no plans for mass vaccination. The public relations director of the United Nations World Health Organization. Dr. Morris Sinclair, voiced support today for the suggestion of Health Minister Victor Shemtov that Israel and the Arab states exchange information on the disease. He warned, however, of the political difficulties in the way of such an exchange.