Health officials on Thursday were sounding the alarm on the sprawling outbreak of measles that has seen thousands of cases nationwide in the past year, after a flight attendant and a 10-year-old boy were believed to have suffered irreversible brain damage from the highly contagious disease, and as some 45,000 Israeli children reportedly remained unvaccinated.
The condition of the El Al worker who was hospitalized earlier this month with the measles has deteriorated, Hebrew media reported on Thursday. She is suffering from meningoencephalitis — a complication of the measles virus – and is in a coma, having been moved to an isolated intensive care unit, and has suffered suspected brain damage.
The young boy has also been hospitalized at Schneider Medical Center in Petach Tikva with suspected brain damage and is attached to a ventilator, according to television reports.
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