Measles case found on El Al flight from New York to Tel Aviv

Last week, health officials and local Jewish institutions warned about an outbreak of measles in the Detroit area that has been linked to a person who was visiting from Israel.

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April 4, 2019 01:15
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Measles case found on El Al flight from New York to Tel Aviv

File photo of an EL AL Boeing 777 aircraft at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Nir Elias/File Photo. (photo credit: REUTERS/NIR ELIAS)

 
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A passenger sick with measles was on El Al flight number 002 flying from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport, that departed on March 26, and landed on March 27, according to the Israeli Health Ministry.

The Health Ministry published a press release, asking anyone who was aboard that flight, including the flight attendants and pilots, to contact the doctor in any case of fever or other symptoms that appear.

The Health Ministry also stressed that contacting the doctor should be done through a phone call, and to avoid going to any public spaces (Ie. schools, buses, shopping malls etc...)

"El Al operates according to the Health Ministry guidelines. The Ministry issued precise instructions for all passengers on the flight. If you have any further questions, contact your family doctor or the Health Ministry," El Al commented to the press release.


Last week, health officials and local Jewish institutions warned about an outbreak of measles in the Detroit area that has been linked to a person who was visiting from Israel.

The New York Orthodox Jewish community has seen 121 cases of measles infections since October, the New York Health Department reported last month.



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