The Israel Ministry of Health reports that in recent days, ophthalmologists report three patients suffering from severe inflammation of the cornea and corneal scarring after bathing in the Sea of Galilee. Two of them were laboratory diagnosed with microsporidium and another case is under high suspicion.
In 2022, 38 cases of corneal lesions typical of microsporidium infection, a parasite that can cause eye infections and even vision impairment, were reported. The Ministry of Health’s investigation revealed that at least some of the patients bathed on different beaches of the Sea of Galilee.
In light of the data, the Ministry of Health recommends continuing to use swimming goggles when bathing in the Sea of Galilee to avoid direct water contact with the eyes.
Any person who has bathed in the Sea of Galilee and suffers from eye inflammation, redness, pain or the feeling of a “foreign body” in the eyes, is asked to contact an eye doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
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