Can the USA Continue Eliminating Measles Outbreaks
The United States has maintained the elimination of measles since 2000. However, measles outbreaks have recently occurred when people travel to and from the U.S., especially when travelers are unvaccinated or under-vaccinated against measles.
The CDC updated its list of the top ten measles outbreaks on August 10, 2023, indicating India has reported over 57,000 measles cases during the past year.
And they reissued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice in late June 2023, confirming a global measles outbreak.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated it would conduct a Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) webinar on August 17, 2023, focused on eliminating measles in the U.S.
This effort requires continued investment in the measles vaccination program,s which are instrumental to achieving elimination.
Additionally, healthcare providers and public health authorities need to remain vigilant to rapidly recognize measles and take steps to mitigate the spread within communities for continued measles elimination. Healthcare providers should consider measles a diagnosis in anyone with a fever (≥101°F or 38.3°C) and a generalized maculopapular rash with cough, coryza, or conjunctivitis who has recently been abroad, especially in countries with ongoing outbreaks.
Furthermore, the CDC urges all healthcare providers to ensure their patients are current on measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination.
During this COCA Call, presenters will discuss the history of measles in the U.S., review clinical presentation and diagnosis of measles infection, review how to report suspected cases to public health agencies and outline recommendations for measles vaccination in the U.S.
When: Thursday, August 17, 2023, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET; Webinar Link: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1603132944; Webinar ID: 160 313 2944; Passcode: 532989.
In the U.S., various measles vaccines are generally available at health clinics and community pharmacies.