Measles Outbreak Among Healthcare Professionals: Operational Response and Remedial Measures

Silvia Dari, Anna Maria Cassano, Sabrina Di Lorenzo, Raffaela Napoli, Elisabetta Manini, Valentina Simeone, Fabrizio De Paolis, Silvia Aquilani

DOI: https://doi.org/10.7175/cmi.v13i1.1433

Abstract

Given the numerous cases recorded in 2017, a descriptive epidemiological study was conducted in the Viterbo Local Health Unit (LHU) area, Italy. Hospital Discharge Sheets (HDSs) and the notifications of infectious diseases (NOIDs) were used.

We were able to trace the distribution of the disease both in the general population and, in particular, among the staff of Belcolle Hospital in Viterbo. In 2017, 50 cases of measles were detected among the population in the area of Viterbo. Of these, 10 concerned healthcare professionals and 3 employees of the Viterbo LHU.

Due to the education and information campaign on the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and the close monitoring of the vaccination coverage among the employees of the hospital (performed for the first time), only 4 cases were registered from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018 in the same area, and no healthcare workers were involved.

Keywords

Measles; Outbreak; Healthcare Professionals; Vaccine; Index Case; Adults

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