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Clinicians Should Be Alert for Measles, Pediatric ID Specialist Urges — Physician’s First Watch

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April 25, 2014

Clinicians Should Be Alert for Measles, Pediatric ID Specialist Urges

By Amy Orciari Herman

Recent measles outbreaks in California and New York highlight the need to know both the signs of the disease and appropriate infection control measures, writes a pediatric infectious disease specialist in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

She notes that many young clinicians have never seen measles and might not recognize it. However, the number of cases has been increasing, with roughly 155 annually since 2010, and 106 already in the first quarter of 2014.

Clinicians must "maintain a high level of suspicion for measles in returned travelers with febrile rash illness," the author writes. She reviews the symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, coryza, and conjunctivitis, followed by a red blotchy rash) and infection control measures (e.g., patient isolation in a negative air pressure room).

She concludes: "We need to talk to our patients about measles vaccination and remind them what is at stake if imported measles cases continue to land in communities of unvaccinated persons, especially for those who are too young or ineligible to be vaccinated."

Reader Comments (1)

NUZHAT NISAR Physician, Pediatrics/Adolescent Medicine, Westbury Pediatrics OFallon MO

Non vaxxers should pay attention ,is it time to not accept non vaxxers in your pracice?

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