Just a reminder for anyone traveling to or from israel or NY, or LA or any big city, for this pesach, be careful as lots of communities are having measles outbreaks. Make sure you and your kids are vaccinated and remember even if they are, they might not have immunity (you can ask for a titer of your immunity from your doctor and get a second shot if you lack it) as the shots are not always successful. Everyone please be safe this chag.as of this posting 3.5k people in israel are reported to have measles by the israeli health ministry
One out of every 1,000 measles cases will develop acute encephalitis, which often results in permanent brain damage.
One or two out of every 1,000 children who become infected with measles will die from respiratory and neurologic complications.
Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) is a rare, but fatal degenerative disease of the central nervous system characterized by behavioral and intellectual deterioration and seizures that generally develop 7 to 10 years after measles infection.
Measles is one of the most contagious of all infectious diseases; up to 9 out of 10 susceptible persons with close contact to a measles patient will develop measles. The virus is transmitted by direct contact with infectious droplets or by airborne spread when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes. Measles virus can remain infectious in the air for up to two hours after an infected person leaves an area.