Ten children with cancer of the child in the blood chamber of the Ichilov Hospital were exposed to measles by a congenial patient and were urged to receive preventive emergency care, it emerged on Monday.
Children will receive an immunoglobulin injection on Wednesday.
The measles child is a cancer patient from Ukraine who came to the room for an appointment. Doctors noticed that he had measles symptoms, and a laboratory test confirmed the diagnosis.
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Officials at the Tel Aviv hospital said the child had brief contact with another 10 patients in the ward. None of them has been hospitalized.
This comes a day after the Ministry of Health decides to restrict visits to hospitals for people who have not been vaccinated against measles and refuses them any access to sensitive departments such as those that take care of preterm babies, intensive care units and hematology where patients tend to have a weakened immune system.
In recent months, dozens of young children, babies and babies born prematurely have been invited for preventive treatment, since they come into contact with measles and are in the hospital.
Also on Monday, Ministry of Health officials decided not to move up to age for a first dose of the vaccine from 12 months to nine months because of the limited vaccine efficacy at this age and because of the need to resume the vaccine at 12 months for babies that have been vaccinated early.
However, Ministry of Health officials responsible for areas with outbreaks may decide to call on babies aged 9-11 months for early vaccination. The decision was taken in a discussion with representatives of health care organizations and the chairman of the Pediatric Association, among other experts.
Today, the vaccine is recommended for infants aged 6-11 months only before traveling abroad.
The health ministry decided on Sunday that further steps are needed to curb the outbreak and examine the possibility of banning children who have not been vaccinated – something that is a complex step in the legal sense.
Two more students, 12th grade in Katzrin's Golin Heights, have been diagnosed with the disease, and according to reports on Sunday, these young women attended school last week with measles. The ministry is in contact with his parents.
First-grade students at the Rimonim School in Ashdod took the second dose of the vaccine after a teacher who reported having been infected with the disease. Later it turned out that the teacher did not have measles.
Since the beginning of the year, 1,334 cases of measles, including one death, 18 months of age have been reported. It was the first person to die of measles in Israel in 15 years.
In Jerusalem, the number of cases has accumulated, especially in ultra-orthodox quarters. The ministry has decided to expand its vaccination program in the city, especially in these most vulnerable areas. Officials say an immunization move in recent weeks has increased immunity levels from just 55 percent to more than 80 percent of the population. But this is still a lower rate of immunization than elsewhere in the country and lower than the 95% immunization rate required for her flock immunity, the level at which the disease stops being transmitted.
The ministry extends the hours of nursery clinics and keeps them open from 8 AM. until 8 pm, and Fridays from 8 AM. until the afternoon. In addition, an immunization program on wheels will continue to visit the affected neighborhoods and encourage residents to get vaccinated.