First measles case of 2019 confirmed in Tennessee

An Israeli flight attendant has slipped into a coma after contracting measles according to health officials

The El Al flight attendant, 43, was admitted to a hospital two weeks ago after contracting the disease on a flight from NY.

With the upcoming Passover holiday, which begins the evening of April 19, 2019, and ends the evening of April 27th, there may be many opportunities for the measles virus to spread, said a Virginia Department of Health website.

The ministry confirmed that there have been 18 cases of measles in Luxembourg in this year.

Four more schools in NY are closing due to an ongoing measles outbreak in the city. The report comes as the country is grappling with a steep increase in the disease, centered on NY communities with low rates of vaccinations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all children get two doses of measles vaccine, which is 97% effective. But with Penn State's vaccination requirements, how is it possible that this keeps happening? The problem isn't limited to just the USA, however, with the World Health Organization saying in a new report that global measles cases are up 300-percent compared to the first three months of 2018. Officials sent summonses to the parents of three children for failing to vaccinate the children even after city officials determined that they had been exposed to the unsafe viral illness.

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Though numbers for 2018 aren't available yet, the World Health Organization says there were an estimated 110,000 deaths in 2017 from measles. They stress that the measles vaccine does not cause autism. The CDC states that the virus is so contagious that if one person has it then 90% of people around them are bound to get it too.

We are not sure if the case involves a child or an adult. She is suffering from meningoencephalitis - a complication of the measles virus that is similar to having both meningitis and encephalitis, respectively infections or inflammations of the lining of the brain and the brain itself.

The first thing health officials stress is that measles is 100 percent preventable.

This is all so scary because there are many folks who don't vaccinate their children. "Many of the people who were contacts of individuals with measles had proof of vaccination, however the Health Department identified three children who were exposed to the measles but still unvaccinated as of April 12".

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