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    Measles cases spike suddenly
    In March, 130 measles cases were confirmed, despite no cases having been reported in January and February.
    July 11, 2018 05:32

    Forty-two residents were found to have contracted measles from the beginning of June until July 4, Walla News reported. Of those infected, 14 are from Safed and 11 are from Acre.

    In March, 130 measles cases were confirmed, despite no cases having been reported in January and February...

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    Israel: An Alarming Increase in Reported Cases of the Measles
    August 26, 2018 12:30 pm

    Amid concerns of Leptospirosis and West Nike virus, Israeli healthcare community officials are reporting a worrisome increase in the number of cases of the measles, which seems to continue spreading in the country. According to the Ministry of Health, there has been a major increase until the month of August as compared to recent years.

    According to the Health Ministry, from January to August 2018, there were 184 documented cases of measles nationwide, as compared to 16 cases in the same time period a year earlier.

    The city with the most cases is Petach Tikvah, with 53 reported cases. Tzefas is second with 47 cases, Tel Aviv third with 22, and Jerusalem with 20. It should be noted that these are minimal numbers, and it is estimated that most cases of measles are not reported to the Ministry of Health when it comes to mild cases...


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      Health Ministry warns of possible measles infection on Uman flights to Israel
      Passengers who traveled to Tel Aviv on three specific flights said to be at risk, urged to see a doctor immediately
      By TOI staff 17 September 2018, 6:55 pm 0

      The Health Ministry on Monday warned of a potential measles outbreak among people who returned from the annual pilgrimage to the Ukrainian city of Uman last week.

      The ministry said passengers traveling to Israel on three flights on September 12 were confirmed to have the measles, and warned that passengers on those flights were at risk of contracting the disease.

      The statement said passengers on Ukrainian Airways flights PS101 and 779 and KLM flight 461 should see a doctor immediately.

      The ministry said children, pregnant women and those suffering from auto-immune disorders were particularly susceptible to the disease.

      Last month, the Health Ministry reported a massive increase in the number of reported cases of measles in Israel this year. It said 262 reported cases of the measles had been reported since the start of 2018, compared to only nine in all of 2016, and 33 cases in 2017...


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        Breslov Rav in Tzefas Hospitalized in Critical Condition with the Measles
        October 8, 2018 9:20 am

        Rabbi Chaim Koenig, the Menahel of mosdos Breslov in Tzefas, is hospitalized in Carmel Hospital in critical condition, diagnosed with the measles. According to the Ynet report, the rav contracted the measles following his return home to Israel from a visit to Uman.

        On Sunday, 28 Tishrei, the rabbi was placed on an ECMO machine which replaces heart/lung functions and transferred from Ziv Hospital to Carmel Hospital, where he remains in critical condition in an intensive care unit. Officials report he has a severe viral pneumonia which has resulted from the measles...


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          Measles alert: Infected person flew from Eilat to Tel Aviv
          Health Ministry warns: Measles patient may have infected at-risk individuals during domestic flight.
          Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/10/18 13:17

          The Jerusalem Health Ministry on Wednesday reported that a measles patient flew on Tuesday from Eilat to Tel Aviv.

          The Ministry asked that anyone who was on the Israir flight, which left Eilat's airport at 1:55p.m. on Tuesday, watch for a fever and rash and immediately inform their doctor that they were in contact with a measles patient...


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            Measles Outbreak in Jerusalem Worries Health Officials: 340 Cases in 2018
            In September alone, 213 new cases were reported, and experts expect the total number of cases in the current outbreak to be 10 times that number
            Ido Efrati
            Oct 14, 2018 9:33 PM

            Israeli health officials are worried about a measles outbreak in Jerusalem. The city has the highest number of diagnosed new cases of the highly contagious disease in Israel, and some figures in the field of public health say they’re not sure the Health Ministry is up to the challenge of containing its spread.

            In the year to date, 341 cases of measles have been reported in Jerusalem — more than half of all reported cases in the country this year. In September alone, 213 new cases were reported, and experts expect the total number of cases in the current outbreak to be 10 times that number...


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              Fear of measles on flight from Turkey to Israel
              Health Ministry calls on passengers on Turkish Airlines flight 788 Thursday from Istanbul to Ben-Gurion Airport to be examined by doctor.
              Mordechai Sones, 16/10/18 21:35

              The Health Ministry published a warning today against measles after a sick person boarded a flight from Turkey to Israel last Thursday...

              ...According to a statement by the Tel Aviv District Health Office, the patient was present on Turkish Airlines flight 788 that left Istanbul at 11:05 on October 11th and landed at Ben Gurion Airport at 20:05...


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                Measles outbreak intensifies among haredim
                “The antisemites in Europe once blamed the Jews for spreading the Black Plague,” Bayit Yehudi faction head Shuli Moalem-Refaeli said.
                By Gil Hoffman
                October 22, 2018 18:49

                There have been 882 incidents of measles since the start of the year in Israel and the contagious disease is especially prevalent among the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) community in Jerusalem, Health Ministry officials said on Monday.

                With the support of top haredi rabbis, the ministry will send mobile units to haredi neighborhoods in the capital to give shots.

                At a meeting of the Knesset Health Committee, MKs Yael German (Yesh Atid) and Yuli Malinovski (Yisrael Beytenu) said more had to be done to encourage haredim to agree to be vaccinated. Their statements caused an uproar.

                “The antisemites in Europe once blamed the Jews for spreading the Black Plague,” Bayit Yehudi faction head Shuli Moalem-Refaeli said. “Now, MK Malinovski is blaming the haredim for the measles. It is too bad that a meeting with national importance has stooped to a blame-fest.”...


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                  Infant dies of measles in Jerusalem
                  Baby with measles rushed to Sha'arei Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem.
                  Arutz Sheva Staff-Ezra Sanders, 01/11/18 17:54

                  This afternoon (Thursday) a 18-month old infant was rushed to Sha'arei Tzedek Hospital after losing consciousness.

                  The child had fallen sick with measles, a dangerous children's disease. The infant was not breathing and had no pulse upon arrival at the hospital...

                  ...The Ministry of Health reported recently that the number of those in infected with measles in Israel is approaching 900 individuals. Around 60% of those infected are residents of Jerusalem from the Hareidi sector, many of which are not vaccinated...


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                    Amid Measles Outbreak in Israel, Two High School Students and a Teacher Contract Disease
                    The cases follow the death of an unvaccinated baby in Jerusalem on Thursday as the Health Ministry is calling on parents to vaccinate their children immediately
                    Almog Ben Zikri, Ido Efrati and Noa Shpigel Nov 04, 2018 7:39 PM

                    Two female high school seniors came last week to school while sick with measles, the Katzrin Regional Council stated Sunday.

                    According to a statement by the council, the students- who were not vaccinated- came to school ill and after a medical examination they were diagnosed with the disease. Israel's Health Ministry was updated accordingly and parents of students in the school were informed as well...


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                      Ten Child Cancer Patients Brought in for Preventive Care After Being Exposed to Patient With Measles

                      Israel mulls barring from schools any children who haven’t been vaccinated over measles outbreak – which is a complicated step from a legal standpoint
                      Ido Efrati, Almog Ben Zikri and Noa Shpigel Nov 06, 2018 4:52 AM

                      Ten child cancer patients at Ichilov Hospital’s hemato-oncological ward were exposed to measles by a fellow patient and have been called in to receive emergency preventive care, it emerged on Monday.

                      The children will be given an injection of immunoglobulins on Wednesday.

                      The child with measles is a cancer patient from Ukraine who came to the ward for an appointment. Doctors noticed that he had symptoms of measles, and a laboratory test confirmed the diagnosis...


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                        Eight Mir Yeshivah Bachurim Hospitalized With Measles
                        By Hamodia StaffTuesday, November 6, 2018 at 6:29 am | כ"ח חשון תשע"ט
                        Bachurim in Yeshivas Mir being vaccinated, Tuesday.
                        YERUSHALAYIM -

                        After eight bachurim in Yeshivas Mir in Yerushalayim were hospitalized after being diagnosed with measles, medical teams arrived at the yeshivah on Tuesday morning to vaccinate all the bachurim, both Israeli and overseas bachurim.

                        The dining room of the yeshivah has a medical staff that is vaccinating those who haven’t had vaccinations, or do not know whether they have been vaccinated.

                        The recent outbreak of measles is causing great concern in Israel and around the world.

                        On Tuesday morning Moshe Bar-Siman Tov, Director-General of the Health Ministry said that since the beginning of 2018, “1,340 people contracted the disease, 99 percent of whom were not vaccinated...


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                          Hospital admits three-week-old baby with measles
                          "Measles at such a tender age is rare," Dr. Eli Somekh the Head of the Pediatric Division said.
                          By MAAYAN HARONI/MAARIV
                          November 26, 2018 11:23

                          A baby was hospitalized at Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center, in Bnei Brak, after contracting measles from his mother a week after he was born.

                          The mother was not inoculated and likely caught the disease from a family member...


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                            Measles outbreak hits ultra-Orthodox areas harder
                            Almost half of the Israelis who contracted measles live in Jerusalem; the youngest patient: a three-week-old baby, who was hospitalized last week after contracting measles from his mother.
                            Rotem Eliza |Published: 11.26.18 , 23:24

                            Jerusalem, Safed and Bnei Brak, all cities with substantially large ultra-Orthodox populations, lead with the most cases of measles.

                            Nine months after the outbreak of the measles epidemic in Israel, the Ministry of Health published data on the epidemic by locality. The figures show that of the 2,040 cases reported to date, the highest number was recorded in Jerusalem — 874 patients, in Beit Shemesh, 266 and in Safed 149 patients. In Bnei Brak, 97 cases were reported, and in Beitar Ilit 95 people contracted measles.

                            The data also shows that Tel Aviv, Israel's second most-populous city, recorded 52 cases of measles, while small communities such as Or HaGanuz, a religious community of only 600 residents in the north, had 22 patients and in Kiryat Ye'arim an ultra-Orthodox town near Jerusalem with less than 5,000 residents, 19 people are suffering from measles...


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                              82-year-old measles patient dies in Jerusalem
                              Health Ministry says woman also suffered from a severe hematologic disease; 194 Israelis have been hospitalized with the viral infection
                              By TOI staff Today, 4:47 pm

                              An 82-year-old woman died Wednesday after being admitted to Hadassah Hospital Ein Karem with measles earlier this month.

                              The Health Ministry noted that the woman also suffered from a severe hematologic disease.

                              As of Wednesday, 2,690 Israelis were being treated for measles, with October marking the peak month, in which 948 people were hospitalized. There was a small drop in November to 893 patients, and there have been 194 Israeli hospitalized so far in December...