JERUSALEM (Sep. 7)
Israeli health authorities are prepared to cooperate with Jordanian authorities to prevent the spread of a cholera epidemic to the West Bank. One preventive measure has been to halt the import of fruits and vegetables over the Jordan River bridges. So far 60 cholera cases have been reported in Jordan and 81 in Damascus where 46 persons have died of the disease so far.
A Health Ministry spokesman said Israel has not been declared a “cholera stricken area” and Israelis who have gone abroad will not require immunization. But there is concern for the West Bank. So far only one case has been reported there. A Nablus woman fell ill with cholera but her condition reportedly has improved.