Health Alert

Suspect Measles Alert

To:      Vermont Healthcare Providers, Hospitals, and Ambulatory Care Centers
From:  Patsy Kelso, PhD, State Epidemiologist for Infectious Disease
Date:   June 21, 2011

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The Vermont Department of Health is investigating a suspected case of measles in a child from Washington County. This child meets the clinical case definition for measles. Onset of fever was June 17, with rash onset on June 19. The child would be considered as infectious from June 15 through June 23. Initial laboratory testing was not conclusive; final laboratory confirmation is not expected until late in the week. However, if any exposed individual is not immune and is within the time frame to receive an MMR vaccine or immune globulin to prevent disease, the interventions described below should be provided.

Exposures occurred at the McDonald’s restaurant on the Barre-Montpelier Road on June 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and at the East Barre Fire Department barbeque held on June 19. Exposures also occurred at a Washington County child care center from Wednesday, June 15, through Friday, June 17. Immunization records are being reviewed at the center, and any individual not considered immune will be contacted. MMR administration will not prevent illness from child care exposures since they occurred too long ago, however immune globulin should be administered to those meeting the criteria described below. The child did not leave Washington County during the infectious period.

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For questions related to this advisory and to reach the Immunization or Epidemiology Programs, call 802-863-7240 (800-640-4374 in Vermont ). The Barre District Office can be reached by calling 802-476-0166

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