Measles – Israel
Israel has confirmed a measles outbreak in Jerusalem which has reported the highest number of newly diagnosed measles cases of the highly infectious disease in Israel. So far this year, 341 cases of measles have been reported in Jerusalem, which is more than half of all reported cases in Isreal. Moreover, during September alone, 213 new measles cases were reported by the World Health Organization.
Rare Polio-like Illness – USA
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 62 cases of the rare polio-like neurological condition acute flaccid myelitis, also known as AFM, so far this year in the U.S. More than 90 percent of the cases involved children 18 or younger, with an average age of just 4 years old. Cases have been confirmed in 22 states. Officials said they are looking at an additional 65 possible cases of AFM. Health experts say the disease can lead to paralysis and even death, but no deaths have been reported so far this year.