Thirteen cases of measles have been diagnosed since January among Tel Aviv-area migrant workers and their children. Seven of them were identified in the last week, including six babies and a 22-year-old man. All of the children were treated at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center.
The Tel Aviv District Health Office and the municipality said on Wednesday that they have launched a vaccination campaign among children of migrant workers. It will take place in their daycare centers; their parents will also be vaccinated against the viral disease, which is usually harmless but can cause complications and, in severe cases, death.
The Health Ministry gave instructions to family health centers to reduce the measles vaccination age for all children of migrant workers to six months so that they can be protected in view of the outbreak.