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Montgomery Health Providers On Guard for Measles

Montgomery Health Providers On Guard for Measles

The 43-year-old woman was seemingly healthy before coming down with a fever March 31, CBS New York reports.

The virus can live for up to two hours in the air where the infected person was present.

TIME could not immediately reach El Air Airlines or Israel's Ministry of Health for further comment.

"The Ministry issued precise instructions for all passengers on the flight", El Al said in a statement to the newspaper. However, experts say many people born before then are unsure if they're up to date.

The news of the flight attendant's severe illness follows reports of a man on a trip from NY who was unknowingly infected with the measles, and after traveling to MI, spread the virus to 38 other people there.

Basson said public health experts have not been able to speak with the woman because she is unconscious, but her mother told them that she had received all required childhood vaccinations, which, in the 1970s, would have included one dose of a vaccine meant to protect against measles and other childhood diseases. A single dose protects about 95 percent of children, and a second dose results in an nearly 100-percent immunity rate for all individuals.

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According to the CDC, a majority of the people who got the measles were not vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that all children get two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine since 1989, since doing so provides 97% effective protection against the measles virus.

Two more cases of measles have been confirmed in Southeast Michigan, according to the state department of Health and Human Services.

"Our efforts are focused on preventing the spread of illness to others", said TDH State Epidemiologist Tim Jones, MD. Infections were mostly centered in ultra-Orthodox communities were vaccination rates were low. Those who choose not to will risk a $1,000 fine.

The total number of cases for the state is now at 42. Israel is also in the midst of an ongoing measles outbreak. From March 2018 to January, more than 3,400 people have been infected with measles in Israel, the Health Ministry said.

The flight attendant, whose name has not been released, received only one dose of the measles vaccine as a child, according to reports.