MMWR Report Details Hospital-Associated Measles Outbreak in Pennsylvania

January 19, 2012

The January 20, 2012 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) highlights the potential for measles transmission in healthcare settings.

In 2009, a physician notified the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) of an unvaccinated child who had measles.  Four other cases were reported within the next 5 days.  It was determined that all five infected persons had been in the same hospital emergency department on the same date.  One of the infected individuals was an emergency department physician.

The following recommendations were made to decrease the possibility of a measles transmission:

  • Clinicians should know the signs and symptoms of measles
  • Travel histories should be requested for any patients suspected of infectious disease
  • Potentially infectious patients should be isolated
  • Hospital employees should have a documented immunity to measles
  • Employees without evidence of measles immunity should be offered vaccination

Click here to read the full MMWR article.


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