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El Al. Photo: AFP Contributor/Getty Images

On a flight from New York City to Tel Aviv, a flight attendant fell ill, and is now being hospitalized while in a coma from a measles-related complication, the New York Times reports per Eyal Basson, a spokesman for the Isreali Ministry of Health.

Details: It has not yet been confirmed whether the flight attendant had been vaccinated, but the woman's mother claimed she received recommended inoculations, per the New York Times. CNN reports that she has been in a coma for over 10 days. National health officials warned those who were aboard the March 26 El Al flight 002, recommending they visit medical professionals if fevers develop. In a letter, health officials also recommended all airline staff be immunized with 2 doses of the MMR vaccine.

The big picture: Per CNN, 3,920 measles cases have been reported in Israel from March 2018 through April 11, 2019. Dr. Itamar Grotto, associate director general of Israel's Ministry of Health told CNN a flood of cases emerged in Israel last fall when members of ultra-Orthodox communities traveled to Ukraine, where, this year, more than 72,000 measles cases were recorded, according to the World Health Organization. Between 85% and 90% of Israeli measles cases have been among ultra-Orthodox Jews, Grotto said.

  • Meanwhile, measles cases in New York and New Jersey this year have been largely concentrated in Orthodox Jewish communities, where vaccination rates may have been below the 95% threshold considered necessary to maintain immunity. Last year, in the U.S. there were 349 cases reported in 26 states and D.C., including outbreaks in New York and New Jersey where many were unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities.

Go deeper: U.S. measles cases are "accelerating" amid "global crisis"

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CDC: 60% of U.S. is fully vaccinated

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Sixty percent of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: This comes as the Omicron variant continues to spread across the U.S. It has been detected in 19 states, and the number is expected to increase, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said during Tuesday's White House COVID-19 briefing.

Latinas head for the federal bench

Photo illustration: Annelise Capossela. Photos: Tom Williams, Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

A number of Latina judges recently have been nominated to U.S. federal courts, which for many years saw few Hispanics and Afro-Latinos on their benches.

Why it matters: Decisions made in courtrooms can affect people in ways large and small, with cases on voting rights, abortion, healthcare and more playing out in courts across the country.

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Jamal Khashoggi murder suspect arrested in Paris

A person holding a candle and a picture of journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a vigil outside of the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul in October 2018. Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

A suspected member of the hit squad that murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in 2018 was arrested at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris on Tuesday, according to AP.

Why it matters: Khalid Aedh Al-Otaibi — who is one of several people sanctioned by the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries over Khashoggi's murder — was trying to board a flight to Riyadh and is now being held on an arrest warrant from Turkey, AP reports, citing a French judicial official.

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