May 14, 2019

Bet Shemesh is one of the leading cities in Israel... with measles

According to Ynet, the Health Ministry published a table of the countrywide measles outbreak.

It might be a surprise to you, but the leading cities on the list are all haredi cities, or cities with substantial Haredi populations. Only one in the top ten is a secular city with no significant Haredi population.

The city at the top of the board is Jerusalem with 1403 diagnosed cases of measles, followed by Bet Shemesh with 430. This is followed by cities such as Tzfat, Beitar, Bnei Braq and others. The secular city in the list is Tel Aviv, taking 8th place with 109 cases.

These numbers are absolute - the number of cases diagnosed. I would like to see the ratings per capita and see which city places where. Tel Aviv might drop off the list entirely, while Bet Shemesh, Beitar or Tzfat might jump out in front.

With Bet Shemesh normally coming in at the tail end of various statistics, this is not the one we finally want to be leading in.

And, again, I hope the Minister of Health, outgoing and whoever the incoming will be (likely the same but not definitely), is putting together a plan to combat this outbreak. We've heard nary a word about it until now from the Deputy Minister of Health. I think that needs to change.

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  1. 1403/400,000 = 0.0035075
    420/67,100 = 0.006259314456 -- Bet Shemesh
    210/154,400 = 0.001360103627
    173/39,790 = 0.004347826087
    137/64,179 = 0.002134654638
    109/432,892 = 0.000251794905
    48/200,000 = 0.00024
    43/132,671 = 0.0003241100165

    Population data taken from A couple cities are not listed. Of those listed, BS is ahead of the pack in per-capita cases.

  2. Rav Asher Weiss on vaccinations

    1. I've been debating whether to post this tomorrow nor not. the problem with it is that it is irrelevant. anything any given rabbi says about this is preaching to the choir. anti-vaxxers will ignore it and continue to point to their same "studies" and big pharma


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