Jerusalem, Safed, and Bnei Brak, all cities with significantly large ultraviolet populations, lead with the most cases of goddesses.
Nine months after the outbreak of the epidemic of the goddesses in Israel, the Ministry of Health has published data on the epidemic by location. The data show that of the 2,040 cases reported to date, the largest number recorded in Jerusalem – 874 patients, Beit Shemesh, 266 and Safed 149 patients. 97 cases were reported in Bnei Brak, 95 people were infected in Beitar Ilit.
The data also show that Tel Aviv, the second-largest city of Israel, recorded 52 cases of smallpox, while small communities such as Or HaGanuz, a religious community of only 600 inhabitants in the north, had 22 patients, and Kiryat Ye? Arim ultra – a city in the city of Jerusalem with less than 5,000 inhabitants, 19 people suffering from smallpox.
Data from the Ministry of Health show that among the many cases, the goddesses of the goddess are with large religious and ultra-Orthodox populations at the top of the list.
The total immunization rate in Israel is more than 97%, which explains the fact that in large locations only one or two persons have contracted the disease. For example, in Haifa, the third largest city, two patients were registered, and in Rishon LeZion, the fourth largest city with a quarter of a million inhabitants, there were only four cases of smallpox.
In an effort to stop the spread of the epidemic in Jerusalem, city clinics have expanded their working hours in the last few weeks to allow parents to vaccinate their children. In addition, according to the order of the Deputy Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman, special emergency help for the vaccination of the population was sent to the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood.
Even the rabbis, led by the head of the chief sefard, joined the invitation of Litzman and the Ministry of Health and published Halchic's decisions that required the public to vaccinate. Additionally, additional placement of the nurse was added to the district of Jerusalem, and the non-vaccinated visitors to the sensitive hospital departments were banned.
On Sunday morning, the Knesset State Control Board held a discussion on the readiness of the Ministry of Health to stop the epidemic of the goddesses. "Increase the immunization of smallpox in all relevant communities," said Deputy Minister Litzman. "I am pleased with the dramatic increase in public awareness about the importance of immunization, thanks to the intense work of our medical teams. There is still scope for further improvements and I invite the whole population to vaccinate to prevent the outbreak."
Midaat, which works to raise awareness of health problems, explains that vaccinations also protect individuals in non-immunized populations, a phenomenon called "immunity of miracles". Therefore, children who have not yet been vaccinated, people with a poor immune system, elderly people whose immune systems are weakened, and even people who deliberately decide not to vaccinate, are protected from the disease by the "protective barrier" around them.
The greater the number of people who are not immunized, from laziness or ideological resistance, more cracks in the protective barrier. This increases the number of infected people.
Data from the Ministry of Health indicate that the age group with the highest incidence of smallpox is children aged one to four years – 614 patients. 399 patients were reported between the age group 5-9, and among the age group 10-19, 265 patients were affected by the disease. 358 infants younger than one year are infected by the goddesses.
Last weekend, the youngest patient who worked with the little goddesses in Israel, the baby-child of a week-old grandfather was hospitalized in the Mayanei Hayeshua hospital in Bnei Brak. The baby died of a disease from her mother, who was not vaccinated and became ill when she was only a week old. The mother was obviously infected by another family member. The baby's condition is stable.
"Mixed in such a good time are rare," says prof. Eli Somech, Director of the Pediatric Department at the Hospital and Specialist for Infectious Diseases. "In medical literature there are only a few morbidity reports at this time, since most babies are protected by antibodies that have passed from their mother before birth, nor are they exposed to the environment at all."