February 19, 2015

CDC Issues Updated Guidance on Measles

The U.S. is currently experiencing a large, multi-state outbreak of measles. The outbreak started in December 2014 and has spread to more than a dozen states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges healthcare professionals to consider measles when evaluating patients with febrile rash and ask about a patient's vaccine status, recent travel history, and contact with individuals who have febrile rash illness.

As Florida is experiencing visitors to Florida with confirmed cases of measles, it is important that health care professional review the clinical presentation of measles. The Florida Department of Health has provided information to health care providers about measles, including a "Think Measles" infograph. This information may assist hospitals and health care providers. Please share this information as deemed appropriate. The department emphasized the dissemination of this information to emergency departments and urgent care centers; as well as, pediatric, family practice and internal medicine clinics.

Information for health care professionals is available on the CDC Web site and from the Florida Department of Health's Web site.