Israel's Second Measles Death: 82-year-old Woman Dies Amid Outbreak

Some 2,700 people have been diagnosed with measles this year to date, over half of them from the Jerusalem region

File photo: Hadassah hospital, Jerusalem.
Emil Salman

An 82-year-old woman died Wednesday in a Jerusalem hospital as a result of complications from measles. The woman was admitted with the disease in early December to Hadassah University Hospital Ein Karem, where her condition deteriorated.

The woman, whose name was not released, had a compromised immune system and other health issues.

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Some 2,700 people have been diagnosed with measles in the year to date, over half of them from the Jerusalem region. The Health Ministry said the outbreak peaked in October, when 948 were diagnosed with the disease. In November there were 893 confirmed cases, and as of Wednesday just 194 confirmed diagnoses in December.

Despite the decline in the infection rate, the Health Ministry is still calling for Israelis to be vaccinated to completely stop the spread of the infectious disease.

Two doses of the measles vaccine have been found to be 97 percent effective in preventing the disease. The disease is considered to be very infectious for those who have not received the vaccine, and 90 percent of those who are not vaccinated are expected to contract the disease.

The first death from measles in 15 years was that of an 18-month-old girl who died in Jerusalem on November 1.