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El al flight attendant dies after being hit by measles on the flight

(MENAFN – Trend News Agency) Rotem Amitai, a 43-year-old El Al flight attendant, died at the hospital Tuesday, five months after suffering from measles from a passenger on a flight from New York to Tel Aviv in March, according to Trendreferring to the Jerusalem Post.

A few days after returning to Israel, the mother of three was hospitalized and later went into a coma with suspected brain damage.

Tests showed she was vaccinated against measles with just one shot instead of the recommended two vaccinations, local reports show.

& # 39; Rothem was a wonderful woman & devoted mother & # 39; her family said. "We regret and hurt her for her premature passing."

Amitai fell ill after contacting an infected passenger on an LY 002 flight departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on March 26 and landing in Tel Aviv on March 27.

She died Tuesday at Rabin-Beilinson Medical Center on the campus of Petah Tikva after a severe worsening of her condition.

"El Al is bowing its head in mourning following the death of one of the company's crew members," the airline said in a statement. & # 39; Once the case became known, the company worked to vaccinate all of the company's air crews. The company will continue to comply with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health. The company expresses its condolences to the deeply bereaved family and will continue to follow them. "

Between March 2018 and May 2019, more than 4,250 people were infected in Israel, according to statistics from the Ministry of Health.

The disease, the ministry says, brought a small number of foreign visitors to Israel, after which it spread to the unvaccinated population.

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