One of the lessons that health care centers learned during New York City’s recent measles outbreak was to screen patients before they entered the facility — either over the phone or while the patient sat in the car — methods that could help reduce exposure and the spread of disease, according to a report published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
“When providers are practicing in an area experiencing a measles outbreak, screening patients for measles before they enter a clinic can potentially minimize transmission of the virus within the clinic,” Karen A. Alroy, DVM, MPH, a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service officer embedded with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, told Healio Primary Care. “If a measles virus exposure does occur in a health care facility, the subsequent response can be time and resource intensive for health care providers and support staff.”
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.
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