CDC Notes from the Field: Interventions to Reduce Measles Virus Exposures in Outpatient Health Care Facilities — New York City, 2018

A survey of healthcare providers reveals several different strategies to minimize measles virus exposures in outpatient healthcare facilities.

New York City has experienced the largest measles outbreak in the United States since 1992. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) surveyed outpatient health care facilities that reported one or more suspected measles cases during September 30–December 10, 2018 to understand infection control procedures in outpatient facilities and to share best practices. The essential common element in the implemented strategies was early awareness that a patient might have measles, optimally before they enter the health care facility. This highlights the importance of performing measles screening and rapidly identifying patients with suspected measles.

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About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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