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El Al Airlines, the national airline of Israel

An El Al Airlines flight attendant is reported to be in a coma after she became ill with the measles virus following a flight from JFK International Airport in New York to Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on March 26-27.

Read: El Al Flight Attendant Hospitalized, Measles Suspected


The flight attendant, whose identity has not been released, was hospitalized at Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba in very serious condition with the virus.

She developed complications from the illness, which sometimes happens, particularly in adults. In her case, she became unconscious, requiring breathing support via a respirator. She subsequently developed encephalitis — a brain inflammation — and lapsed into a coma, which has continued for the past 10 days.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.