CHA News Article

CDPH Issues Recommendations for Measles Case Identification and Infection Control

Due to an increase in measles cases in California, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has recommended that health care professionals be vigilant about measles. To date, 60 cases of measles have been reported, compared to six cases reported just one year ago. Although measles no longer circulates in North and South America, it is widespread in the rest of the world, and the 60 reported cases in California have been associated with travel to other countries. Failure to promptly identify and isolate measles cases has led to the investigation of thousands of health care contacts this year by local health departments. According to CDPH, measles transmission has occurred in emergency departments, clinics and other health care settings. For information on appropriate infection control measures and resources, see the attached All Facilities Letter.