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Friday, November 07, 2003

Mystery illness affects three babies in Petah Tikvah

Arutz Sheva: Three infants under a year old remain in a coma today (Friday) in an intensive care unit in the Schneider Children’s Hospital in Petah Tikvah.

The three are suffering from identical symptoms, including neurological brainstem damage.

For now, there is no explanation for the mystery illness. All three of the babies were admitted in the past few days, are from the Petach Tikvah area and are about the same age; however, since the three infants were not in contact with one another, doctors do not fear an easily transmittable disease at this stage.

Nevertheless, the serious symptoms of the unknown affliction have doctors and disease control experts concerned. Health Ministry officials have been notified of the cases and are actively involved, as is the Center for Disease Control in the United States.