Ministry of Health: swimming in the Kinneret can be dangerous for eyesight

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 Ministry of Health: swimming in the Kinneret can be dangerous for eyesight

The Ministry of Health announced today, Tuesday, that it is investigating a suspected presence of a parasite in the Sea of ​​Galilee that can cause eye infections and even damage to vision.

in recent days, the Ministry of Health has received a message from ophthalmologists about a large number of patients requiring hospitalization, with severe inflammation of the cornea, scarring of the cornea and, in more severe cases, visual impairment, — reported in the Ministry of Health.

According to the Ministry of Health, to date, 29 patients have been hospitalized in several different hospitals with corneal lesions characteristic of microsporidiosis infection. The Ministry launched an epidemiological investigation, as a result of which it turned out that at least some of the patients swam on various beaches of the Sea of ​​Galilee.
< br />“In light of the data, which as already mentioned are preliminary data that is still under review, the Ministry of Health recommends the use of swimming goggles when swimming in the Kinneret to avoid direct eye contact with the water. Anyone who has swum in the Sea of ​​Galilee and is suffering from eye inflammation, redness, pain, foreign body sensation in the eyes, please contact an ophthalmologist for diagnosis and treatment,” the ministry said.

It is also noted what to drink water from the Kinneret is not dangerous.

Dr. Michael Mimoni, Senior Physician, Rambam Ophthalmology Department said, “We have not received any patients complaining of corneal damage to our clinic, but the Ophthalmological Association has information that recently several people with corneal damage have come in at the same time and reported swimming in the Sea of ​​Galilee. The accumulation of cases forced us to immediately report through the Association ophthalmologists to the Ministry of Health. It should be emphasized that there is still no unequivocal evidence of the presence of the parasite, and at this stage this is an estimate based on clinical studies.

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