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Israel is trying to contain a potential health epidemic emanating from a virulent bacterium. The Health Ministry announced Wednesday that the bacterium was suspected of causing the death of dozens of ailing Israelis in recent months, and that emergency measures had been ordered to contain it. The main concern is that the bacterium might be resistant to available antibiotics.

The crisis prompted calls for the government to provide additional funding to deal with overcrowding and supply shortages in Israel’s hospitals.

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