An Israeli doctor is teaching her patients how not to get the Zika epidemic.
Dr. Naomi Elitzur is the founder of the “Zika Vaccine Awareness” program and is a member of the Israeli Academy of Medical Sciences.
She says she is taking a risk by sharing the information with her patients.
She explains that her work has made a difference in the lives of many people, especially those who are not infected.
“When we take the risk to help people, we are giving hope that we will prevent something worse from happening,” she says.
Since October, more than 3,000 cases of Zika have been reported in Israel.
Elitzum has been taking a proactive approach to the virus.
She has been distributing information to her patients about the dangers of the virus, and encouraging them to take precautions.
Elitsur says she takes the Zika information seriously and encourages her patients to talk to their doctors about their symptoms.
According to the World Health Organization, more people die of the Zika outbreak than from any other infectious disease.
A study published in March showed that the rate of new cases in Israel increased by 50% in the first two months of the year compared to the same period in 2015.
At the same time, the number of new infections has been declining.
A recent poll found that 63% of Israelis believe that there is enough information about Zika to avoid becoming infected.