Health Ministry warns of measles on flight from Israel to UK

A patient with measles boarded EasyJet Flight 2084, which left Ben-Gurion Airport at 3.15 p.m. and arrived at Luton Airport in London at 7.30 p.m.

June 11, 2019 22:03
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A nurse holds a vial of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine

A nurse holds a vial of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. (photo credit: REUTERS/BRIAN SNYDER)


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The Health Ministry has warned of possible measles exposure on Wednesday on a flight from Israel to London. 

According to a ministry statement, a patient with measles boarded EasyJet Flight 2084, which left Ben-Gurion Airport at 3.15 p.m. and arrived at London's Luton Airport at 7.30 p.m. 

"Anyone who was on the flight and who was born from 1957 onward and is not immunized with two measles doses is recommended to contact the district health office in Jerusalem immediately or any health office close to their place of residence, or the Health Ministry," it said. "It is important to clarify the need for vaccination and to receive it if necessary, within six days of the flight."

The ministry advised passengers from this flight "who suffer from fever and one or more of the following signs: cough, runny nose, eye infection or a rash," to avoid public places including kindergartens and schools, work, houses of prayer, malls, restaurants, public transportation and any other public framework, in order to prevent the contagion from spreading into their environment.

"If you are suffering from symptoms and need a medical examination, please contact the clinic or any other medical institution by appointment or, alternatively, notify the staff immediately upon arrival at the medical institution," the ministry said. "It should be noted that signs appear within 21 days of exposure."

The Sun of Britain wrote late last month that there have been 234 cases reported in the UK during the first quarter of 2019. The paper cited a report by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, which said that between April of last year and March of this year, there have been 860 confirmed cases of measles in the UK.

In a report from this April, the World Health Organization said that "2019 has seen 170 countries report 112,163 measles cases. As of this time last year, there were 28,124 measles cases from 163 countries."

"The reported cases rose by 300 percent in the first three months of 2019," the organization said.

Meanwhile in the United States, 1,022 cases have been reported in 28 states as of June 5, according to a statement from the the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Last month, the number of measles cases in New York rose to 535 following an outbreak in October, the New York Daily News reported.

Israel has also seen some 4,000 cases of measles since the outbreak started in the country in March 2018. 

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