Cluster of measles cases confirmed among adopted children from China

  • April 11, 2014
  • Read the Perspective from Michael J. Chusid, MD

Two cases of laboratory-confirmed measles were identified in recently adopted children from an orphanage in Henan Province, China in July 2013, according to this week’s MMWR.

The two cases occurred in a boy (case A) and a girl (case B), aged 2 years with cerebral palsy. Both became ill before traveling to the United States and were symptomatic before travel. Shortly after arrival in the United States, both children were hospitalized. Neither of the children had documented measles vaccination, but their adoptive parents had affidavits for exemption of recommended vaccines until arrival in the United States.

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