Flight Attendant Dies: Rotem Amitai Wiki, Bio, Age, Family, Net Worth, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Fast Facts You Need to Know

Rotem Amitai Wiki

Rotem Amitai Wiki

Rotem Amitai was a flight attendant for El Al Airlines in Israel who contracted measles while on a flight from New York. Mother-of-three Rotem Amitai died on Tuesday after conducting the virus in March, according to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, Israel.

Rotem Amitai Age

The 43-year-old flight attendant resided in Avihayil, Hamerkaz, Israel, but originally she was from Kfar Saba.

Rotem Amitai Children

Amitai was a proud mother of three children. Further details of her children not available.

Rotem Amitai Education

She graduated from Champlain College and master from Clark University. Amitai graduated from Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont in the United States, with a degree in business administration BBA, tourism and travel services marketing operations. In 2002, she earned a master’s degree in marketing communications, public relations and advertising from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Rotem Amitai Professional Career

While in college, Amitai had worked as a flight attendant for El Al Israel Airlines from 1999 to 2001.

Amitai returned to work as a flight attendant for the airline again in 2015 till her death.

Rotem Amitai Marketing

From 2001 to 2002, she worked in marketing and communications and business development at SkyBot Ltd., a robotics startup in Tel Aviv, and from 2002 to 2005 for Qualcomm.

Rotem Amitai Fashion Designing

Amitai was the founder and owner of Marmalade, a fashion boutique in Kfar Saba, Israel. She ran the boutique from 2006 to 2015, according to her Linkedin profile. “I founded a fashion boutique featuring young Israeli designers and a unique import collection of a women’s fashion and accessories line.

Rotem Amitai Contracts Measles

Amitai was working on El Al Flight 002 from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport to Tel Aviv, Israel,

On March 26, Rotem flew from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York to Tel Aviv.

Just five days later she fell into ill and went into a coma, due to swelling of the brain, a complication of measles.

When she contracted the highly contagious disease.

She developed symptoms, including high fever and rash upon her return to Israel, she was hospitalized in late March but her condition deteriorated. Rotem Amitai was diagnosed with meningoencephalitis, a complication of measles.

Rotem Amitai Death, Rotem Amitai Cause of Death

Amitai was in the intensive care unit at Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba before being transferred to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, where she remained in the ICU for several months until her death on Tuesday, August 13.

According to her family, Amitai slipped into a coma after suffering respiratory failure and she was on a ventilator for the final months of her life. She was unconscious for most of her time in the hospital.

“Rotem was a wonderful woman and a devoted mother, we are grieving her premature departure,” her family said in a statement.

El Al said, “the company is bowing its head over the death of a member of El Al’s aircrew. The company will continue to act on the matter under the health ministry’s guidelines. Once the case became known, the company acted to vaccinate the company’s aircrews. The company shares the deep grief of the family and will continue to accompany the family.”
“El Al mourns the death of a member of the airline’s flight crew,” El Air added in a statement to CBS News. “We have taken steps to have our aircrews inoculated.”

Measles(Highly Contagious Virus)

So far this year, 360,000 have contracted the illness globally.

Measles is common in many developing countries, particularly parts of Africa and Asia.

More than 95 percent of measles deaths occur in countries with low average incomes.

It’s very rare in the US and Israel,  there have been 4,300 cases of measles in Israel in the last 18 months.

Measles was declared eliminated in the US in 2000, but there have been more than 1100 case this year, three-quarters of which were in New York.

Outbreaks can be particularly life-threatening in countries experiencing or recovering from natural disasters or conflict.

Damage to health services disrupts routine immunization, while overcrowding greatly increases the risk of infection.

The World Health Organization(WHO)

The World Health Organization says there have been more reported cases of the measles virus in the first half of 2019 than in any other year since 2016, The Washington Post reports. Measles is highly preventable with a vaccine. “The United States has reported its highest measles case count in 25 years,” the WHO said.
According to The Post, “The Israeli Ministry of Health considers people born between 1957 and 1977 as not immune or ‘partially immune’ to measles and recommends those traveling abroad to receive the necessary doses to protect against the virus.”
The WHO says, “measles is almost entirely preventable with two doses of measles vaccine, a safe and highly effective vaccine.

Fast Facts You Need to Know

  • Mother-of-three Rotem Amitai, 43, died on Tuesday after conducting the virus 
  • The flight attendant fell ill in March days after flying from New York to Tel Aviv
  • Five days later she fell into ill and went into a coma, due to swelling of the brain 


Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that spreads easily from an infected person by coughing, sneezing or even just breathing.

Symptoms develop between six and 19 days after infection and include a runny nose, cough, sore eyes, a fever, and a rash.

The rash appears as red and blotchy marks on the hairline that travels down over several days, turning brown and eventually fading.

Some children complain of disliking bright lights or develop white spots with red backgrounds on their tongue.

In one in 15 cases, measles can cause life-threatening complications including pneumonia, convulsions, and encephalitis.

Dr. Ava Easton, chief executive of the Encephalitis Society told MailOnline: ‘Measles can be very serious.

‘[It] can cause encephalitis which is inflammation of the brain.

‘Encephalitis can result in death or disability.’

Treatment focuses on staying hydrated, resting and taking painkillers, if necessary.

Measles can be prevented by receiving two vaccinations, the first at 13 months old and the second at three years and four months to five years old.

Source: Great Ormond Street Hospital