ALIVE – Cases of measles in various parts of the world are increasingly worrisome. The WHO said there has been an increase in measles cases of up to 300% worldwide.
In fact, a flight attendant recently suffered coma after contracting measles. The 43-year-old flight attendant for El Al Airlines was hospitalized after having a fever on March 31, 2019.
His condition has worsened since then. He now suffers from encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, and breathes with the help of a respirator at the Meir Medical Center in Israel.
Reported by page TimeIsraeli health officials said the woman may have been infected with measles in New York, Israel or between the two sites, both with an active measles outbreak. However, no other passenger appeared to be suffering from measles.
"He had a deep coma for 10 days and now we just hope for the best," said Dr. Itamar Grotto, deputy director general of the Israeli Ministry of Health.
The woman had been vaccinated against measles earlier when she was young. But he only received one dose. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that all children receive two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine since 1989.
This is because the two doses of the vaccine are able to provide effective protection against the measles virus. The case of the woman illustrates the possible severity of the measles virus.
Although it usually results in relatively small symptoms such as fever, cough, runny nose and rash, infectious viruses can cause life-threatening complications, such as encephalitis. Only in 2017, according to WHO, 110,000 people died of measles. More than 112,000 measles cases in 170 countries have been reported by the WHO this year. This is expected to worsen with rejection of the anti-vaccine group. (mus)