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Israeli flight attendant in coma after taking measles



43-year-old woman has encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, a known and potentially deadly complication of the virus. He is healthy before getting measles.

"He was in a deep coma for 10 days, and now we look forward only to the best," said Dr. Itamar Grotto, associate director general of the Ministry of Health of Israel.

The flight attendant, working for El Al, the Israeli national airline, could be contracting a virus in New York, in Israel or in a flight between the two, Grotto said. Health authorities do not believe that the virus spreads to anyone on flights.

He did not relieve himself and to an intensive care unit at the Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba, near Tel Aviv.

He created a fever on March 31

and went to the hospital the same day. [19659003] Continued measles outbreaks in the United States and Israel have begun with parents who have been chosen not to vaccinate their children according to health authorities. Authorities believe that flight transfers are vaccinated as a kid, but the vaccine is not perfect, and in his case, it does not work.

"I know that this will happen soon," said Dr. William Schaffner, a contagious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University and a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention counselor in vaccines. "We have re-started a serious viral-infected population that holds vaccines from their children, and now spreads beyond that population."

One dosage of vaccine is not worth

Like many others in his generation around the world, flight attendants, who have not been identified, received only one dose of the vaccine measles when he was a child.

It has not been discovered until recently that a dose is only about 93% effective. More recently – in the United States, since 1989 – children are given two doses, nearly 97% effective, according to the CDC.
  What you need to know about measles as the virus spreads across the country

do not know why most people who get measles are completely recovered while others have devastating complications.

Approximately 1 out of every 1,000 children who get measles will have encephalitis, according to the CDC. This can lead to convulsions and leave a deaf or an intellectual disability.

Moreover, 1 or 2 of the 1,000 US measles children will die from it. Worldwide, the disease is fatal to 1 or 2 in every 100 children.
No casualties have been reported in the United States from measles this year or last year. In Israel, a baby and an old woman died last year of illness. In the European Union, 35 people died of a disease in 2018, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

Measles in Israel

There were 3,920 measles cases in Israel from March 2018 to April 11, said Grotto, who is also professor of epidemiology and public health at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

In the United States, there were fewer than 1,000 cases in the same period.
In Europe, there are 34,383 measles cases based on data reported to the World Health Organization from April last year until April this year.

Ukraine has the highest number of cases in the past 12 months, with more than 72,000, followed by Madagascar and India with over 69,000 and 60,000 cases, respectively. WHO warns that there are delays in reporting and this data may be incomplete.

  Ultra-Orthodox Jews, many from Israel, gathered at Uman, Ukraine in September in a religious pilgramage. Ukraine has over 72,000 measles cases last year.

The Grotto says there has been a surge in cases in Israel last fall when many ultra-Orthodox Israel traveled to Ukraine on a religious journey during of the Jewish New Year. Ukraine has more than 72,000 measles cases this year, more than any other country, according to the World Health Organization.

About 85% to 90% of Israeli measles cases belong to ultra-Orthodox Jews, Grotto said.

There is no Judaism teaching against immunization; on the contrary, the rabbi encourages immunization in accordance with Jewish teachings in protecting your health and the health of others.

Non-Orthodox Jews have the possibility of having large families, and the Grotto says that those who are not immunized have practical, non-ideological, reasons.

"Sometimes, they have vaccinated their first or second child, but with so many children, they do not always have time to vaccinate them all," he said. "They are not against the vaccines. They have nothing against this ideology." To bring the water upside down, the Israeli public health authorities have increased the number of vaccine vaccine times, mobile clinics opened in religious neighborhoods and took ads in newspapers in religious communities.


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