More than 1,400 people in Israel have been infected with measles, more than half in Jerusalem since the beginning of 2018. A woman died last week in one and a half years and is believed to have measles, according to the Israeli Ministry of Health.
Deputy Deputy Health Ministry Itamar Grotto told the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper on Wednesday that one in 1,000 people who are not immune can die of measles if he has pneumonia as a cruel immune response by the body to fight viruses that spread rapidly.
"There is no cure for measles because it is a viral disease without antibiotics," he said. "If the patient's condition worsens, the only medicine is to stay in the hospital, get the fluids needed for the body, and rely on a respirator so that the body can fight the disease. Not happening, the patient dies.
The Israeli government mobilized Jewish rabbis, "rabbis," to urge ultra-Orthodox Orthodox Jews to immunize their children when measles spread in their ranks.
In a related context, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported late Thursday that senior rabbis in the ultra-Orthodox community issued an advisory opinion that considered the parents of children who refrained from immunizing him as a murderer.
The Hebrew newspaper reported that a doctor who worked as health director at the "Maayani Hishua" hospital near Tel Aviv, named Haim Haim Breier, active in the field of preventive medicine, was the initiator who called the rabbi to issue advisory opinions.
Rabbi Yitzhak Zilberstein, who is considered a religious authority on medical issues in Jewish law, issued a fatwa stating that immunization against measles is mandatory, and anyone who fails to implement "what saves lives" is considered a "savior of blood." The fatwa was signed by a number of senior rabbis.
According to the Kikar Hishabat (Sabbath Square) website, which is close to Orthodox Jews, the origin of their abstinence from immunizing their children is due to a fatwa issued by the rabbis in 2010 regarding vaccinations against swine flu, which emerged in 2009. Those who died therefore they will not survive if they have been vaccinated against them, so there is no need to vaccinate. Orthodox Jews adopted this fatwa not to vaccinate their children against measles. –