The 43-year-old El Al flight attendant who had contracted measles on a flight from New York to Israel in March, was unfortunately Niftar on Tuesday.
The El Al flight attendant had been hospitalized in serious condition Kfar Sava since being infected. She was comatose and doctors fought over the months to save her life but on Tuesday, she was niftar in the hospital.
When she arrived at Meir Hospital she was in an altered mental state and immediately admitted to an intensive care unit with the measles.
The 43-year-old woman had encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, a well-known and potentially deadly complication of the measles virus. She was otherwise healthy before getting measles.
The flight attendant arrived in Tel Aviv on flight 002 from JFK Airport in NYC on March 26, 2019. It appears there was someone on the flight who infected her. After it became known that she had been infected, Israel’s Health Ministry alerted all patients on that flight to report to a doctor if they need to be vaccinated and/if they have symptoms of measles.
It is reported the flight attendant was partially vaccinated, only receiving the first of the two measles vaccinations.
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After her illness became known, El Al immediately began to have all its employees vaccinated.
A 10-year-old boy remains in a coma at Schneider Medical Center in Petah Tikva with suspected brain damage and is attached to a ventilator, after similarly contracting measles.
In November, an 18-month-old child in Yerushalyim was R”L Niftar of the disease. A month later, an 82-year-old woman became the second fatality.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)