A 43-year-old El Al flight attendant who contracted measles aboard a New York to Tel Aviv on March 26 died Aug. 13 of complications of the infectious disease.
The flight attendant, Rotem Amitai, had received just one inoculation against measles. She was hospitalized for five months at Meir Hospital in Kfar Sara, Israel, where she had been diagnosed with meningoencephalitis, a complication of measles, and had suffered brain damage and been in a coma.
Those who were born between the years of 1957 and 1989 are advised to get a second dose of vaccine to enhance protection from to 97% to 99%.
Israeli newspapers quoted an El Al statement, “We bow our heads in sorrow over the death of one of our staff. The company is acting to inoculate all staff who fly on our planes. El Al will continue to act as needed according to the instructions of the Health Ministry.”
“Rotem was a wonderful person and a dedicated mother,” a statement from her family read, according to Israeli news sources.
She was married and had three children.
Amitai was the third person in Israel to die of the disease in recent years.
As of Aug. 8, there 1,182 cases of measles across the country.
The first case in Ohio was reported July 12.
To read more, see the Times of Israel.