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WorldIsraeli flight attendant dies after contracting measles

16:00  14 august  2019
16:00  14 august  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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A flight attendant for Israel ’s national airline is in a coma after contracting measles , which she may have picked up in the Big Apple, a report said. Israeli health officials told CNN that the 43-year-old El Al flight attendant now has encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain and complication of the potentially

An Israeli flight attendant has slipped into a coma after contracting measles , according to health officials.

An Israeli flight attendant and mother of three has died of measles.

Israeli flight attendant dies after contracting measles© Family Photo Rotem Amitai died this month after she came down with measles in the spring.

Rotem Amitai, 43, died Tuesday, according to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, Israel. Amitai had traveled from New York to Tel Aviv a few days before developing a fever in March, but it's not clear whether she was infected on a flight, in New York or in Israel, according to Israel's Ministry of Health.

Amitai was vaccinated against the disease as a child, but like many people her age around the world, she received only one dose of the vaccine. She was otherwise healthy before contracting measles.

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An Israeli flight attendant died after contracting measles and falling into a coma, Israeli media reported Tuesday, the latest incident amid growing measles outbreaks in countries around the world. There were more reported cases of the virus in the first half 2019 than in any other year since 2006

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"Rotem was a wonderful woman and a devoted mother. We are grieving and mourning her passing before her time," her family said in a statement.

Amitai's death from measles was confirmed by the Emek Hefer Regional Council, a local governmental authority in Israel.

On March 26, Amitai flew from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to Tel Aviv, according to El Al airline, her employer. She developed a fever March 31 and then slipped into a coma about a week later. She was diagnosed with encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, a complication of measles.

"El Al mourns the death of a member of the airline's flight crew. We have taken steps to have our air crews inoculated," the airline said in a statement. "We extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and will continue to stand by them."

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A flight attendant in Israel has been in a coma for 10 days after contracting measles following a flight from New York, CNN reported Wednesday, as measles outbreaks in both countries raise public health concerns. “She’s been in a deep coma for 10 days, and we’re now just hoping for the best

An Israeli flight attendant has died after contracting measles and falling into a coma, Israeli media reported on Tuesday, the latest incident amid growing measles outbreaks worldwide. More cases of the virus were reported in the first half 2019 than in any other year since 2006

More than 360,000 people worldwide have contracted measles this year as of August 7, according to the World Health Organization. That data is provisional and includes both suspected and confirmed cases.

In 2017, there were 110,000 measles deaths globally, mostly among children under the age of 5, according to WHO.

Measles deaths are rare in Israel and the United States, but both places are experiencing outbreaks of the virus. Health authorities blame the measles outbreaks in recent years on people who refuse to get vaccinated.

There have been 4,300 cases of measles in Israel since March 2018.

In the United States, measles was declared eliminated in 2000, but the recent resurgence -- more than 1,100 cases this year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- has threatened that status. More than 75% of the cases have been in New York.

"We have the reintroduction of a serious viral infection with a population that's withholding the vaccine from their children, and now it's spreading beyond that population," said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University and an adviser on vaccines to the CDC.

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An Israeli flight attendant contracted measles . Officials are now urging crews to get vaccinated. 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.

A flight attendant in Israel is in a coma after getting the measles , according to news reports. Israeli health officials told CNN that the 43-year-old woman has encephalitis, or Health officials said it's not yet clear where the flight attendant , who works for the Israeli airline El Al, contracted the disease.

One dose of the measles vaccine has been found to be about 93% effective. In 1989, children in the United States started receiving two doses, which is about 97% effective, according to the CDC.

It's not known why most people who get measles recover fully while others have devastating complications.

About 1 out of every 1,000 children who gets measles will develop encephalitis, according to the CDC. This can lead to convulsions and leave a child deaf or with an intellectual disability.

Additionally, 1 or 2 out of 1,000 US children who get measles will die from it. Worldwide, the illness is fatal in 1 or 2 out of every 100 children.

Before the measles vaccine was introduced in the early 1960s, an estimated 400 to 500 people in the United States died of the disease each year, 48,000 were hospitalized, and 1,000 developed encephalitis, according to the CDC.

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