Barzilai pediatric ward closed to new patients amid virus outbreak

According to Channel 13, the pediatric ward at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon has been closed to new patients after 34 children were hospitalized with a serious respiratory virus. during the summer. The children suffer from a serious respiratory disease that requires 10 days of hospitalization with oxygen. Due to the outbreak, some children are in the corridors of the hospital. Former Health Ministry director general Hezi Levy said on Thursday that health officials have noted an outbreak of unusual fever and respiratory disease in Israel over the past two months. “The occupancy rate of the pediatric unit reached 1.5 times its capacity. We have asked to transfer children to other hospitals in the area if there is no urgency,” Levy said.

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