El Al Flight Attendant Who Contracted Measles Now in a 'Deep Coma'

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This is the first confirmed case of measles in the state in 2019. Orthodox Jewish leaders say a small faction of vaccine opponents in the community has allowed the disease to spread. For several years, however, global coverage with the first dose of measles vaccine has stalled at 85%. "Many of the people who were contacts of individuals with measles had proof of vaccination, however the Health Department identified three children who were exposed to the measles but still unvaccinated as of April 12".

The news of the flight attendant's severe illness follows reports of a man on a trip from NY who was unknowingly infected with the measles, and after traveling to MI, spread the virus to 38 other people there.

The condition of the El Al worker who was hospitalized earlier this month with the measles has deteriorated, Hebrew media reported on Thursday.

If vaccination rates continue to decline, measles outbreaks may become even more frequent, a prospect the authors described as "alarming".

Eyal Basson, a spokesman for Israel's Ministry of Health, said that the woman, who is believed to have been vaccinated as a child, was admitted to the hospital March 31 and has developed encephalitis, a severe complication from measles that causes the brain to swell.

Three New York City parents who refuse to vaccinate their children have been summoned to court where they could face a $1,000 fine or jail time.

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Health authorities do not suspect that the woman spread the potentially fatal virus to anyone else aboard the flight, CNN reported Wednesday.

While the MMR vaccine is the safest and most effective method of preventing measles, it is only 97 percent effective, so population-wide immunity is a key component to protecting our most at risk New Yorkers from measles.

Sun added: "People born between 1957 and 1989 generally only had one MMR dose".

At blood and urine testing centers, like Any Lab Test in Hallandale Beach, it is simple and easy to get a blood test to determine if you are immune to the measles.

Sabella said the rash typically lasts for about four to five days, and the fever lasts for a few days. If a family member or friend develops any of these symptoms, it is critical that you call the local health department right away.

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