An MMR and VAR vaccine. Measles is primarily a vaccine-preventable disease. Photo: Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images

A 43-year-old Israeli flight attendant died after contracting measles in late March on a flight from New York and falling into a coma, according to Israeli media reports Tuesday.

Why it matters: It's uncommon that someone in a developed country such as Israel dies from measles. This is the third measles-related death in Israel since November, per the BBC — but it is unclear how the flight attendant contracted the mostly vaccine-preventable disease.

  • Blood tests indicated the flight attendant had received 1 of 2 recommended measles vaccinations, per the Times of Israel. Immediately after she contracted the disease, the airline mandated all flight attendants get measles shots.

The big picture: Measles cases in the U.S. have broken a 27-year record thus far for the year.

  • The Israeli Ministry of Health reported 4,292 measles cases between July 2018 and July 2019, according to the Times of Israel.
  • The World Health Organization announced Monday there were more reported cases of measles in the first half of this year than any other since 2006, reports the Washington Post.

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