RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


Health Advisory Issued on Measles Outbreak
January 29, 2015

On January 26, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) released a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Advisory regarding a multi-state measles outbreak during December 2014-January 2015.

The CDC and state health departments are investigating a multi-state outbreak of measles associated with travel to Disneyland Resort Theme Parks (which includes Disneyland and Disney California Adventure). The purpose of the health advisory is to notify public health departments and health care facilities about this measles outbreak and to provide guidance to health care providers. Health care providers should ensure that all of their patients are current on MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccines. They should consider measles in the differential diagnosis of patients with fever and rash, and ask patients about recent international travel, or travel to domestic venues frequented by international travelers. They should also ask patients about their history of measles exposures in their community. The advisory provides additional recommendations, resources, and links.

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