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Israeli dies after contracting encephalitis from rare amoeba

In northern Israel, a 36-year-old dies after exposure to a rare amoeba, naegleria fowleri.

Israeli dies after contracting encephalitis from rare amoeba

Cyberattack targets Health Ministry’s website

Website of Ministry of Health attacked by hackers, making it inaccessible to users from abroad.

Cyberattack targets Health Ministry’s website

Health Ministry approves COVID-19 vaccine for infants

Health Ministry approves coronavirus vaccines for youngest children, but has not issued recommendation for their use.

Health Ministry approves COVID-19 vaccine for infants

Israel inches closer to approving vaccines for young children

Health Ministry in process of purchasing toddler vaccines from Pfizer, report says.

Israel inches closer to approving vaccines for young children

Three new cases of monkeypox diagnosed in Israel

The three new cases are between the ages of 30 and 60 from central Israel.

Three new cases of monkeypox diagnosed in Israel

Health Min: Violence against doctors has become a scourge

Health Ministry officials respond to assault on doctor with a metal rod at a Clalit office/

Health Min: Violence against doctors has become a scourge

Following uptick in COVID-19 cases: Health Ministry recommends masks in closed spaces

Ministry of Health recommends that masks be worn in enclosed spaces in order to protect at-risk populations and the elderly.

Health Ministry recommends masks in closed spaces

Government ministries have become branches of the LGBT

Government ministries are changing their profile pictures on social media to LGBT-supporting images.

Government ministries have become branches of the LGBT

'Abortion reform will harm women'

Reform will increase pressure on women & do nothing to support those who want their babies, says Lilach organization.

'Abortion reform will harm women'

'No changes in policy' insists PM as COVID threatens again

After months of decline, COVID cases are on the rise. Health Minister urges calm, "Like any disease, it has its ups and downs."

'No changes in policy' insists PM as COVID threatens again

Health Min. official: 'People are threatening my children'

'There were concrete threats, including threats to murder my children,' Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis says.

Health Min. official: 'People are threatening my children'

Health Ministry following acute 'hepatitis' in 12 children

Twelve children hospitalized with unexplained acute liver infection, in two Israeli hospitals.

Health Ministry following acute 'hepatitis' in 12 children

Arabs who placed explosives near government office are arrested

Shabak arrests Arabs suspected of placing explosive device at Health Min. office in northern Israel.

Arabs who placed explosives near government office are arrested

Israel's Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz travels to Ukraine

Horowitz will be first govt minister to visit Ukraine since outbreak of war.

Israel's Health Minister travels to Ukraineplayer

The school health service in Israel: Between privatization and nationalization

Israel's school health service is falling through the cracks, new study shows.

Between privatization and nationalization

Soon: Rapid PCR test at Ben Gurion Airport

Ministry of Health promoting rapid test for those returning to Israel, the results of which can be obtained within 3-4 hours.

Soon: Rapid PCR test at Ben Gurion Airport

Top health official: Education Ministry not reporting COVID-positive students

'Health Ministry can't enforce quarantine for those who aren't testing,' says Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, head of public health services.

Education Ministry not reporting COVID-positive students

Top health officials: There are signs that the peak of the Omicron wave is behind us

Health Ministry estimates that close to three million Israelis became infected during Omicron wave.

'There are signs that the peak of Omicron is behind us'

Jenin University students could get Israeli medical licenses

A new program intends to boost the PA curriculum to allow students from Jenin University to sit Israeli licensing exams.

Jenin University students could get Israeli medical licenses

Health Min. clarifies testing system for school children

After quarantine rules for students cancelled, Health Ministry clarifies details of new testing system for students.

Health Min. clarifies testing system for school children

Health Ministry orders HMOs to use less PCR tests

Ministry directs health funds to prioritize elderly, at-risk populations for PCR tests or face fines.

Health Ministry orders HMOs to use less PCR tests

Health Min. approves 4th vaccine dose for at-risk adults

Prof. Nachman Ash approves expansion of of administration of 4th vaccine doses beyond citizens over 60.

Health Min. approves 4th vaccine dose for at-risk adults

Health Ministry: Fourth vaccine dose provides greater protection from serious illness

Fourth dose provides three times the protection against serious illness, data shows.

Fourth vaccine dose provides greater protection

The Green Pass is about to expire. What next?

Options include abolition, extension, and expanding the Purple Tag; distinctions based on vax-status are irrelevant in the Omicron era.

The Green Pass is about to expire. What next?

Israelis with active COVID-19 cases can print out Green Pass

Health ministry app allows COVID-positive Israelis to print out Green Pass, bot which conducts epidemiological investigations crashes.

Israelis with active COVID-19 cases can print out Green Pass

Tel Aviv hospital prof: Time to re-evaluate 'quarantine mania'

Prof Idit Matot calls for a change in policy. Health Ministry: "Whoever does not want to help should not interfere."

Tel Aviv hospital prof: Time to re-evaluate 'quarantine mania'

Top health official tests positive for COVID-19

Health Ministry advisor Professor Ran Balicer announces he tested positive for COVID-19.

Top health official tests positive for COVID-19

Isolation for COVID patients to be reduced to 7 days

Health Min. decides to reduce isolation period from 10 days after studies find risk of spreading disease after 7 days very low.

Isolation for COVID patients to be reduced to 7 days

New record: 30,970 new cases of COVID-19 in one day

The number of active cases stands at 169,117, including 221 who are hospitalized in serious condition.

New record: 30,970 new cases of COVID-19 in one day

Health Min: Shorten isolation for COVID patients to 7 days

Health Ministry epidemic response team recommends not expanding 4th vaccination dose drive beyond at-risk populations.

Health Min: Shorten isolation for COVID patients to 7 days

Health Ministry issues new instructions for antigen tests

Samples for antigen tests should be taken from both nose and throat, Health Ministry says.

Health Ministry issues new instructions for antigen tests

Report: MDA used less effective tests for rapid testing

New report by Central Lab for Viruses shows MDA used test which are less effective at detecting Omicron than other tests.

Report: MDA used less effective tests for rapid testing

Health officials believe: One in three Israelis will get COVID-19

Ministry of Health believes millions of Israelis will be infected with COVID-19 in coming weeks as Omicron cases increase.

One in three Israelis will get COVID-19

Education Minister: 'Health Ministry is creating chaos'

Education Min. Shasha-Biton slams Health Ministry chaos, promises she 'won't allow' education system to be 'dragged into bedlam.'

Education Minister: 'Health Ministry is creating chaos'

Health Ministry data: Antigen tests miss many positive COVID cases

Ministry data indicate antigen tests miss 50% of cases found to be positive by PCR test.

Antigen tests miss many positive COVID cases

New anti-COVID drug to arrive in Israel within days

FDA granted emergency-use authorization to Molnupiravir just last week. Drug acts by introducing errors into Covid-19's genetic code.

New anti-COVID drug to arrive in Israel within days

Health Ministry okays fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose in nursing homes

Health Ministry approves fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine for those elderly who are in institutions, as well as institution employees.

Health Min. okays fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose in nursing homes

Health Minister: We're not locking down over Omicron

Health Ministry holds press conference on spread of Omicron variant. 4th vaccine dose approved for immunosuppressed people

Health Minister: We're not locking down over Omicron

COVID booster shots to be given after 3 months instead of 6

Health Ministry halves time between 2nd and 3rd doses of COVID vaccine.

COVID booster shots to be given after 3 months instead of 6

Health Ministry mulling change in quarantine regulations for vaccinated people

Ministry of Health discussing changing the quarantine plan for vaccinated people who have been exposed to Omicron carriers.

Health Ministry mulling quarantine changes for vaccinated