Measles virus
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In recent weeks, five cases of measles have been reported to Israel's Health Ministry - all of them in Jerusalem.

All five cases were women ages 20-40. No other cases of measles have been reported.

Measles is a highly contagious disease characterized by a fever, rash, and eye infection. It may also cause severe complications.

The MMR vaccine (which does not cause autism, but which was feared due to rumors that it does so) is given at one year of age and again at age six.

Most cases of preventable vaccines originate in non-vaccinated people.

The Health Ministry calls on Israelis to ensure their children are vaccinated on schedule. Those children who have missed vaccinations should contact the ministry and receive them as soon as possible.