Thousands of cancer patients at the Ichilov Hospital Hematology Department were subjected to measles of a patient and have been invited to receive emergency preventive care, arrived on Monday.
The children will be given an injection of immunoglobulins on Wednesday.
The child with measles is a cancer patient from Ukraine who came to the department for some time. Doctors noticed that he had symptoms of measles and a laboratory test confirmed the diagnosis.
Officials at Tel Aviv Hospital said that the child came in short contact with 10 other patients in care. None of them have been in hospital.
This will be a day after the Ministry of Health decided to limit hospital visits for people who are not vaccinated against measles and deny them access to sensitive departments such as those who care about premature children, intensive care and hematological units where patients tend to have weakened immune systems.
Over the past few months, dozens of infants, children and infants born prematurely have been invited to preventive treatment after having been in contact with people with measles while in hospital.
Even on Monday, the health department officials decided to raise the age of a first dose of the vaccine from 12 months to nine months due to the limited effectiveness of the vaccine at this age and due to the need to repeat the vaccine at 12 months for infants vaccinated early.
On the other hand, the Ministry of Health in charge of outbreaks can still decide to call children aged 9-11 months for an early vaccine. The decision was taken in consultation with representatives of the health care organizations and the chairmen of the child welfare association, including experts.
At present, the vaccine is only recommended for infants between 6-11 months prior to traveling abroad.
The Ministry of Health decided on Sunday that further steps are necessary to keep the outbreak and they investigate the possibility of preventing all children who have not been vaccinated from schools, which is a complicated step from a legal point of view.
Two further students, twelve degrees in Golan Heights city Katzrin, have been diagnosed with the disease, and according to reports on Sunday, the young women in school last week met measles. The Ministry has contacted their parents.
Preschool students at the Rimonim School in Ashdod received their second dose of the vaccine after a teacher reported that she had contracted the disease. It later emerged that the teacher does not have measles.
Since the beginning of the year, 1,334 cases of measles have been reported, including a mortality, an 18 month old girl. She was the first person to die of measles in Israel for 15 years.
In Jerusalem, the number of cases has been spiked, especially in ultra-ultra-modern neighborhoods. The Ministry has decided to expand its immunization program in the city, especially in these more vulnerable areas. Officials say that an immunization operation in recent weeks has increased immunity levels from just 55 percent to more than 80 percent of the population. However, this is still a lower level of immunization than elsewhere in the country, and below the 95 percent immunization rate required for the immunity of the crew, the level at which the disease ends.
The Ministry extends the hours of well-being clinics and keeps them open from 8 A.M. until 8 p.m. and on Fridays from 8 A.M. In addition, an immunization program on wheels continues to visit affected neighborhoods and urges residents to be vaccinated.