WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Rotem Amitai, a stewardess who worked for Israeli airline El Al died Tuesday, months after getting infected with measles after flying out from New York last March.
- At the time of her flight from New York on her way to Tel Aviv, an alert was issued by Israel’s Ministry of Health that a passenger with measles was onboard.
- Later, Amitai fell ill and fell into a coma where she was found to be suffering from an inflammation of the brain.
A flight attendant died after being hospitalized for measles which she acquired during a flight to New York, reports CBS News.
Israeli airline El Al stewardess Rotem Amitai, a 43-year-old mother of three, began feeling ill in late March following a flight to Tel Aviv from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. At the time, an announcement was issued by Israel’s Ministry of Health alerting the public that a patient with measles is aboard the EL AL flight 002 that departed on March 26, 2019 from Kennedy Airport, New York, and arrived in Israel on March 27, 2019.
After manifesting symptoms, Amitai was hospitalized where she went into a coma suffering from brain damage, according to the Times of Israel.
Later, she was transferred into an isolated intensive care room where she was diagnosed with meningoencephalitis-a condition in which the membranes of the brain and the adjoining cerebral tissues are infected and inflamed.
Though it’s not clear how Amitai contracted the viral infection, the Times noted that her blood tests show that she had only one vaccination shot against measles instead of the two recommended for people her age.
After Amitai’s passing, a statement issued by her family said: “Rotem was a wonderful person and a dedicated mother.”
The airline also released a statement to the Jewish Press that read:
“The company is bowing its head over the death of a member of El Al’s air crew. The company will continue to act on the matter in accordance with the health ministry’s guidelines. Once the case became known, the company acted to vaccinate the company’s air crews. The company shares the deep grief … and will continue to accompany the family.”
This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported 1,182 individual cases of measles across 30 states, 75 percent of which are connected to outbreaks in New York and New York City where Amitai traveled from this past spring.
“This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1992 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000,” according to the agency.
Once contracted, measles symptoms include high fevers, coughing and rashes. Those who exhibit these symptoms or think they may have been infected are advised by the CDC to immediately consult their doctor.