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Israel: Flight attendant who contracted measles in a coma.

19 Apr, 2019
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sraeli flight attendant who contracted measles in a coma. Vaccine urged for flight crews

Israeli health officials issued an alert earlier this month about a measles patient who had traveled on El Al Flight 2 on March 26 and 27 from New York to Tel Aviv

El Al officials have told passengers and crew members to watch for measles symptoms and report them immediately to health care professionals.David Silverman/Getty Images

Officials in Israel are urging crew members on national air carriers to ensure that they have received the proper dosage of the measles vaccine after a flight attendant contracted the deadly disease, possibly in New York.

Officials with Israel’s Ministry of Health said a 43-year-old flight attendant for the national airline El Al had flown back to Israel late last month from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. New York state has been a battleground for concurrent measles outbreaks in Brooklyn and Queens as well as in Rockland County. However, because of the woman’s “impaired mental status,” officials said it could not be confirmed where or when she contracted the virus.

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. As of Wednesday, Basson said in a statement, the woman was unconscious.

Itamar Grotto, associate director general of the ministry, told CNN that the woman has been “in a deep coma for 10 days, and we’re now just hoping for the best.”

Israeli health officials issued an alert earlier this month about a measles patient who had traveled on El Al Flight 2 on March 26 and 27 from New York to Tel Aviv. Officials told passengers and crew members to watch for symptoms and report them immediately to health care professionals.

El Al said in a statement to the Jerusalem Post that it “operates according to the Health Ministry guidelines.”

This entry was posted on Friday, April 19th, 2019 at 12:13 pm and is filed under Latest News.

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