Two high school students came to school last week while they were sick with measles, the Katzrin Regional Council said on Sunday.
According to a statement from the council, students – who were not vaccinated – fell ill at school and, after a medical examination, were diagnosed with the disease. The Israeli Ministry of Health has been updated accordingly and the parents of the school's students have also been informed.
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About 500 high school students attend the two high schools in Katzrin.
The previous Sunday, a teacher from a primary school in Ashdod also discovered that she is measles sick. The teacher underwent tests and discovered last Thursday that she has symptoms of the disease. In addition to working in primary school, the teacher also worked in three other schools.
The Ministry of Education said it has been working with the Ministry of Health in a response and that the Ministry of Health would be vaccinating all students in school by the end of Sunday if they had not yet received a vaccination.
The Ministry of Health called on all parents whose children were not vaccinated to do so immediately. Last month, Health Ministry director-general Itamar Grotto said 95 percent of Israelis are vaccinated against measles, but there are some population groups for whom vaccination rates are less than 90 percent.
Last week, a one-and-a-half-year-old child of an ultra-Orthodox island sect in Jerusalem died of measles in the first death since the measles outbreak that began in the country in March. The baby had not been registered with the Home Office or to care for babies.
In recent weeks, doctors at Jerusalem hospitals have warned they were losing control over the outbreak and raised the possibility that the complications of the disease could become fatal. According to data from the Ministry of Health, in the first ten months of 2018, there were 1,287 measles cases registered in the country, about 60% of which occurred in the Jerusalem area. The Ministry of Health has arrived in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods of the city, hoping to increase vaccination rates there.
In addition to the Jerusalem area where 753 cases were reported, 213 cases were reported in the Safed district, 89 in the Petah Tikva district, 84 in the Tel Aviv district, and minor numbers elsewhere including Acre, Ramle, Sharon Region , Afula, Rehovot, Be'er Sheva, Haifa and Ashkelon. In October alone, 621 people were infected. Most have children between one and four years of age. There were also outbreaks abroad.
Measles, a serious contagious viral disease, causes a rash, runny nose, sore throat, and redness of the eyes. It can also cause serious complications to the respiratory and nervous systems. About one-third of patients develop complications such as ear infections, diarrhea, or eye infections. Rare complications include pneumonia or encephalitis.