An Israeli flight attendant has died after contracting measles and succumbed to a coma, Israeli media reported Tuesday, the latest incident amid mounting measles outbreaks in countries around the world.
More reported cases of the virus in the first half of 2019 than in any other year since 2006, the World Health Organization announced Monday. Compared to this time last year, there have been nearly three times as many reported cases of measles. Although many of the measles outbreaks have occurred in areas with low vaccination rates, the WHO said, others are occurring in high-rate countries, resulting from "lack of access to quality service. health or vaccination, conflict and elimination, misinformation about vaccines, or low awareness about the need for vaccination. ”
" The United States has reported the highest rate of measles in 25 years, "the report said. WHO in the announcement.
The woman, a mother of three, is only the third death toll in Israel in the last 15 years, according to the Times of Israel: In 2018, an 18-month-old child and an 82-year-old also died of the virus.
In a statement to the Jewish Press, the airline, El Al, said "the company has bowed to the death of an El Al aircrew member. The company will continue to work on the matter in accordance with the guidelines of the health ministry. Upon learning of the case, the company took action to vacate the company's aircrews. The company shares the family's sadness and will continue to accompany the family. ”
The Post reports that the 43-year-old flight attendant was flying in an Al Al flight from John F. Kennedy International's New York flight. The Israeli airport in late March and was later admitted to the hospital after developing encephalitis, a complication of the disease in which the brain is engulfed.
In early April, the Israeli Ministry of Health issued a warning that a flight from JFK to Israel on March 26 had a measles patient, though it was not known if the flight attendant contracted the virus while on flight. In April, The Post reported that it appeared no one else on the flight had contracted measles.
In April, The Post reported that the woman was in a coma and public health experts were not talking to her to confirm her vaccine records. They managed to get in touch with her mother, who told officials that her daughter had received the necessary childhood vaccines.
However, by that time, likely in the 1970s, the vaccine would be a single dose, as Israel now recommends that children receive a dose at 12 months old and another in the first grade.
The Israeli Ministry of Health considers that people born between 1957 and 1977 are not immune or "partially immune" to measles and recommend travelers overseas to receive the necessary doses to protect against the virus.
Both New York City and Israel are fighting virus outbreaks amid campaigns against vaccination and misinformation.
In Israel, instances of the virus continue to appear especially in The ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities, the Israeli Times reported.
Lena H. Sun reported earlier in August that New York health officials were working to curb the outbreak:
New York City outbreak began in October. This spring, nearly 400 to 6,500 health department employees work in measles emergencies. More than 31,000 doses of measles, knuckle and rubella vaccine were given to individuals at the heart of the outbreak. Since September, at least 642 cases have been reported.
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According to the WHO, "measles is almost completely preventable with two doses of measles vaccine, a safe and effective vaccine."
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