In a follow-up on the leptospirosis situation in Israel, the Israeli Ministry of Health is now reporting 253 suspected leptospirosis cases, 32 of which were tested positive for leptospirosis.

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Officials say water samples taken from the streams Zavitan and Meshushim were also tested positive.

All other water samples from potentially contaminated sites, released yesterday, are still being tested. At any rate, the warning for all streams released yesterday remains in effect and the public is advised not to swim in them.

Local media reports that senior representatives from the health ministry, the Finance and Agriculture Ministries as well as officials from Israel’s Water Authority, the Israel Nature & Parks Authority, the Cattle Farmers Union and a number of several local authorities will gather in a bid to coordinate efforts to tackle the outbreak on Sunday.