An Israeli national airline flight crew, El Al, is in a coma after being able to work with measles while working on a recent flight to New York.
Israeli health officials told CNN that the 43-year-old unidentified flight attendant now has encephalitis, inflammation of the brain, and a life-threatening viral complication, for which she may have an agreement in New York, Israel or on a flight between the two locations.
"He is in a deep coma for 10 days, and now we are hoping for the best," said Dr. Ithamar Grotto, deputy general director of the Israeli Health Ministry.
The woman, who did not report any previous health problems, hooked to a ventilator, under intensive care, at a hospital in Kfar Saba, near Tel Aviv, where on March 31 she was admitted with fever.
She was vaccinated as a child, but received only one dose, which is approximately 93% effective. Two vaccine doses, which began to administer in the United States in 1989, increase the effectiveness of about 97%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
"I knew this would happen sooner or later," Dr. William Schaffner, a contagious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, told CNN. "We have reintroduced a serious viral infection with a population that holds the vaccine of their children, and now it is spreading further."
Groot said there were 3,920 measles cases throughout Israel between March 2018 and last week. During the same period there were about a thousand cases in the United States.
Meanwhile, 329 measles cases were reported in New York, mainly in Orthodox Jewish settlements in Williamsburg and Borough Park, in Brooklyn.
On Monday, the mayor's office closed the pre-school facility of the United Talmud Academy (UTA) in Williamsburg after representatives refused to show student immunization records. (Retrieved from eldiariony)