Isolated cases of measles create high public health burden in USA

Isolated cases of measles create high public health burden in USA PharmacoEconomics & Outcomes News 792, p15 - 2 Dec 2017 Isolated cases of measles create high public health burden in USA Isolated cases of measles appear to create a high public health burden in Colorado, according to findings of a study published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Researchers tracked the economic burden associated with investigating and responding to two single cases of measles in July 2016 and January 2017, respectively, in patients in Denver who had travelled to countries in which measles was endemic. Both cases of measles led to multiple exposures at healthcare centers and public venues, and resulted in an immediate complex response by local and state public health agencies, co-ordinated by the Tri-County Health Department. After the first case of measles was identified, 31 contacts received postexposure prophylaxis (PEP). However, due to the delay in diagnosing measles in the second case, no contacts were eligible for PEP. No secondary measles cases were identified. Estimated public health costs were $49 769 for the first case, which required 756 hours of personnel time, and $18 423 for the second case, which required 435 hours of personnel time. "This report highlights the high cost of public health response to measles introductions in local communities," said the researchers. "Failure of clinicians to recognize measles early in the course of illness in these two cases serves as a reminder that health care providers might not be familiar with clinical measles or aware of the risk for measles transmission during international travel," they commented. Marx GE, et al. Public Health Economic Burden Associated with Two Single Measles Case Investigations - Colorado, 2016-2017. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 66: 1272-1275, No. 46, 24 Nov 2017. Available from: URL: http:// 803285953 1173-5503/17/0792-0001/$14.95 Adis © 2017 Springer International Publishing AG. All rights reserved PharmacoEconomics & Outcomes News 2 Dec 2017 No. 792 PharmacoEconomics & Outcomes News Springer Journals

Isolated cases of measles create high public health burden in USA

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