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Measles Cases Confirmed in Arizona - DHS Posts Recommendations

Sunday, May 29, 2016  
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The Arizona Department of Health Services, Maricopa County Department of Public Health, and Pinal County Public Health Services District have confirmed 10 cases of measles in Arizona. Additional cases in the community are highly likely.

 

Providers should:

  • Take precautions to ensure your patients are not exposed by:
    -Making surgical masks available.
    -Having patients with febrile rash illness be the last appointment of the day to prevent exposing other patients
    -Having suspect cases wear surgical masks in common areas when airborne isolation is not available
  • Immediately mask and place patients presenting with a febrile rash illness in airborne isolation if available, obtain vaccine and travel history. 
  • Consider measles as a diagnosis for patients with a febrile rash illness and immediately report this to your local health department.
  • Coordinate with your local health department for specimen collection, transport, and testing for suspect measles cases.
  • Make sure your staff is fully immunized.
    -Healthcare workers should receive two doses of MMR, regardless of year of birth, unless they have documentation of previous immunity.

To report cases or for additional information, please contact your local health department: http://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/index.php#resources-county

A measles surveillance toolkit for healthcare facilities is available at http://www.azdhs.gov/documents/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/measles/measles-surveillance-toolkit.pdf

For more information on this situation, please visit the ADHS public information website at
http://azdhs.gov/director/public-information-office/index.php#releases-adhs

For more information on measles, please visit the ADHS measles webpage at http://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/measles/index.php


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