Did you take an El Al flight from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York to Israel on March 26? You might consider heading to the doctor to get checked out, especially if you’ve been feeling unwell; a flight attendant from that flight is hospitalized and in a coma thanks to measles-induced encephalitis.
Passengers on El Al Flight 002 flying from JFK in New York to Tel Aviv on March 26: If you’re feeling unwell, get to a doctor right away. A flight attendant from that flight is in the hospital in a coma right now due to measles. She’s currently battling encephalitis, a complication of measles that’s a swelling of the brain and affects one in every thousand that gets the illness.
“Our hearts are with our El Al sister who is battling this disease and our thoughts are with her for a full recovery,” said Taylor Garland, a spokeswoman for the union the Association of Flight Attendants, reported by The New York Times. “Her suffering should give the public and crew urgency to heed the recommendations of health officials.”
Measles is highly contagious. Symptoms appear between six and 21 days following exposure to the disease, and include a fever as the first sign, possibly followed by bloodshot eyes, light sensitivity, a dark red rash, a cough, and a bloody nose.
Israeli health officials have recommended that every airline in Israel has its staff immunized with two doses of the measles vaccine, and notes the airlines have already begun to comply with the suggestion.
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