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Measles diagnosis and care: What primary care providers need to know

May 23, 2017

On Saturday, May 13, 2017 a patient was admitted to Children’s National and diagnosed with measles. For the majority of his hospitalization, he was appropriately isolated. Before visiting Children’s National the patient was seen at Prince George’s Community Hospital, and visited public facilities throughout the county. The family also used public transport to travel in the county.

Due to these potential exposures in the community, local pediatricians should be on the lookout for cases of measles among their patients.  Particularly at risk are those not properly immunized for measles, children less than 12 months of age, and immunocompromised individuals.

When a case is suspected, physicians should place the patient in airborne isolation and immediately contact their local health department. If secondary care is required for the patient, community health care providers should contact the Emergency Communication and Information Center (ECIC) phone line at Children’s National to coordinate care at 202-476-LIFE (5433).

For providers who are not familiar with, or want to refresh learning on measles diagnosis and care, a Virtual Lunch and Learn will be presented at 12:15 on Wednesday May 24 by Nada Harik, M.D., Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Continuing Medical Education credits will be available.

Join Children’s National for a Special CNHN Community Pediatrics Web Lunch and Learn on Measles. This presentation will provide an overview about recognizing the clinical presentation and complications of measles, describe the epidemiology of measles in the US and world, and stress the importance of vaccination and infection control measures in limiting the spread of measles.  We will present this webinar as part of our continued commitment to bringing the latest, most relevant medical news to community providers.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the identification of and specialized care required for a measles diagnosis
  • Understand the process of infection control once diagnosed

Download the Grand Rounds presentation.

For more information about the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, visit or contact your physician liaison at 202-476-4418.

WebEx Information:

CNHN Community Grand Rounds: Measles

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

12:00 pm  |  Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)  |  1 hr

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Meeting number: 856 615 097

Call-in toll-free number: 1-888-680-0812  (US)

Call-in number: 1-815-676-5268  (US)

Conference Code: 813 796 9393

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