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A 3-week-old baby contracted measles from his mother.


The Mayanei Hayeshua hospital reported Monday morning that a three-week-old child was diagnosed with measles and is now in stable condition. The baby is a resident of Immanuel, a predominantly Haredi city in Samaria.

The baby is the youngest known patient registered in Israel who suffers from measles. The newborn contracted his mother's measles when he was just one week old.

The mother, who has not been vaccinated, apparently became infected by a family member.

"Measles at such a tender age are rare," said Professor Eli Somekh, director of the Children's Division at the hospital.

"The baby was treated with vitamin A to reduce the risk of complications and intravenous antibiotics due to evidence of bacterial infection, with an improvement in his condition, which is now stable," said the professor.

Somekh also stressed the importance of getting vaccinated against measles before pregnancy and getting vaccinated against tetanus in the third trimester.

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