In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in Israel, the Ministry of Health put the measles case county 2,690, with the peak seen in October with 948 patients, in November there was a slight decrease with 893 patients, and in December there were 194 patients.
Jerusalem District saw the bulk of the cases with 1,739.
The ministry said that despite the declining trend of morbidity rate, the ministry would continue to vaccinate until the outbreak is completely stopped.
Health officials reported an additional measles-related fatality yesterday in a 82-year-old woman. The woman was hospitalized at Hadassah Ein Karem early December.
Measles is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Symptoms include a high fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes followed by a rash that typically spreads from the head to the rest of the body. It generally takes 8 to 12 days, but can be as long as 21 days, from exposure to the first symptom, usually fever. The measles rash usually appears two to three days after the fever begins. Measles is highly contagious and spreads easily by coughing, sneezing or even being in the same room with someone who has measles. People with measles are contagious from four days before to four days after rash onset.
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