​From the beginning of April 2014 until now, an increase in brucellosis morbidity has been reported at the Hadera sub-district health bureau.A total of 62 people have become ill, 56 of whom are residents of Umm Al-Fahm. All the patients are Arabs residing in Wadi Ara.  Ages range from two years to 75 years.  52 (85%) of the patients have been hospitalized.   Most of the patients reported that they had eaten dairy products originating from the Wadi Ara area. 
In order to arrest the spread of the disease among residents of the area, steps have been taken by the Veterinary Authority, an enforcement and prevention program has been activated by the health bureau in conjunction with local government authorities, while increasing public awareness of the disease by means of local media: Arabic language radio, websites, educational activity in mosques, distribution of Ministry of Health information leaflets. In spite of all these steps, the spread of the disease has not been arrested because residents of Wadi Ara are continuing to consume non-pasteurized home-made dairy products.
Laboratory results that are positive for brucella bacteria have recently been obtained from blood specimens taken from a flock belonging to Mahmid Farid Tahar, a resident of Umm Al-Fahm, Ein Ibrahim Neighborhood. 
We appeal to the residents of Umm Al-Fahm and neighboring townships, and request them not to consume milk and dairy products from an unauthorized source.