Paramedics from Hatzolah Israel responded to a call in Beit Shemesh – for a 5 week-old infant who was extraordinarily quiet and lethargic. Upon arrival, the paramedics saw that the infant was having difficulty breathing so they immediately connected her to oxygen, and a intensive-care ambulance from Magen David Adom arrived and transported her to Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Yerushalayim.
Upon their arrival in the hospital the infant was diagnosed with measles.
According to Hatzolah Israel, numerous episodes of measles have been reported in Beit Shemesh recently, however this was the first time it was found in a 5 week-old infant.
Just two days ago, Yeshivaworld reported (HERE) that 286 of 295 cases of measles in the Yerushalayim region were members of Chareidi communities. The reported cases include patients living in Beit Shemesh and Beitar Illit.
According to the Health Minister, the reason for the high outbreaks are due to the fact that there is a large percentage of the Chareidi community which adamantly refuses to get immunizations against dangerous diseases.