Two more cases of measles detected in Israel amid limited outbreak, Health Ministry confirms

Renee Ghert-Zand is the health reporter and a feature writer for The Times of Israel.

Two more cases of measles are detected as part of a limited outbreak of measles in Israel that began in September.

The Health Ministry knows of 20 reported cases of the disease in recent months, two in the Haifa area, six in the north, 10 in Tel Aviv, one in Netanya, and one in Jerusalem.

The two new cases are unvaccinated brothers from Haifa who appear to have been infected while outside the country. One of the brothers traveled by public transportation on the Metronit bus rapid transit system on January 25. He boarded the Metronit’s line 4 at Haifa’s Hof Carmel central station at 3:30 p.m. and got off at the Tzabar Junction in Kiryat Bialik.

Those who traveled on the Metronit with the infected person should confirm that they have been vaccinated according to Health Ministry recommendations. Pregnant women and people who are immunocompromised who were on the Metronit and who have not been fully vaccinated should seek medical advice immediately.

Measles is an infectious viral disease that involves fever, overall malaise and aches, a runny nose, and a rash. The disease can lead to complications and even death. Anyone who suspects they have contracted measles or is suffering from these symptoms should alert the clinic or emergency room before arrival. They should also avoid being in public spaces like shopping malls, buses, and trains.

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