It wasn’t until I head about the deadly infection spread aboard a recent El Al Airlines flight, that I found out that there is a severe measles outbreak in Israel.
The disease can be fatal and over 3,400 people have been infected since March 2018. According to Israel’s Ministry of Health, both New York and Israel are experiencing these outbreaks.
This unfortunate El Al Airlines flight attendant was reportedly hospitalized after being infected with measles on a flight from New York City to Tel Aviv, Israel, on March 26, according to Times of Israel.
This 43-year-old female El Al Airlines flight attendant has now fallen into a “deep coma” after contracting measles, she now has encephalitis, or brain inflammation, and is breathing with the assistance of a respirator at Israel’s Meir Medical Center, according to CNN.
The woman was apparently vaccinated against measles as a child but only received one dose. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that all children get two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine since 1989, since doing so provides 97% effective protection against the measles virus. One dose of the MMR vaccine is 93% effective against measles, according to the CDC.
329 people have been infected in New York City since October. As a result, the city has required all residents of certain Brooklyn zip codes to get vaccinated, or face a fine of up to $1,000 USD.
Frighteningly, measles, which is spread by coughs or sneezes, is so contagious that 90% of non-immune individuals who get close to an infected person are also likely to become infected, according to the CDC.
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