CIINC: Archive May 22, 2014
Current Issues in Immunization NetConference
Course Number EC2064
Originally aired on May 22, 2014, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Eastern.
Dr. Andrew Kroger
Gregory S. Wallace, MD, MS, MPH
Why Measles Matters
Measles is a highly contagious, acute viral illness that can lead to severe complications and death. Measles was declared eliminated from the United States (the absence of continuous disease transmission for more than 12 months) in 2000; however, importation of measles cases and limited local transmission continue to occur. Through April 2014, 154 cases have been reported in the United States this year, the highest number reported for this time period since 1996. This is in part due to an increase number of importations from the Philippines which is experiencing an explosive outbreak with over 20,000 confirmed or suspected cases. The increase in importations and subsequent transmission in certain settings in the United States highlights the importance of ensuring age-appropriate vaccination for international travelers and maintaining high vaccination coverage as well as the need for heightened awareness among healthcare providers regarding the possibility of measles.
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