Maine CDC Health Advisory

March 7, 2024

Health Care Preparedness and Response for Measles

Measles activity in the United States is now the highest it has been since 2019. Between January 1 and February 29, 2024, 16 U.S. jurisdictions reported a total of 41 cases. Most of these cases were among children and adolescents who had not received a measles-containing vaccine (measles-mumps-rubella [MMR] or measles-mumps-rubella-varicella [MMRV]), even if age-eligible. Health care facilities should have plans and processes in place to rapidly identify, isolate, and inform Maine CDC of any suspected measles cases. Health care providers should be on alert for patients who have febrile rash illness and symptoms consistent with measles (e.g., cough, coryza, or conjunctivitis) and have recently traveled, especially to states or countries with ongoing measles outbreaks. Infected people are contagious from four (4) days before the rash starts through four (4) days after the rash starts.

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