Hospital preparedness in community measles outbreaks-challenges and recommendations for low-resource settings

Sadia Shakoor, Fatima Mir, Anita K.M. Zaidi, Afia Zafar

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Abstract

We have reviewed various strategies involved in containment of measles in healthcare facilities during community outbreaks. The strategies that are more applicable to resource-poor settings, such as natural ventilation, mechanical ventilation with heating and air-conditioning systems allowing unidirectional airflow, and protection of un-infected patients and healthcare workers (HCWs), have been examined. Ventilation methods need innovative customization for resource-poor settings followed by validation and postimplementation analysis for impact. Mandatory vaccination of all HCWswith two doses of measles-containing vaccine, appropriate post-exposure prophylaxis of immunocompromised inpatients, and stringent admission criteria for measles cases can contribute toward reduction of nosocomial and secondary transmission within facilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalEmerging Health Threats Journal
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Airborne isolation
  • Hospital
  • Infection control
  • Measles
  • Natural ventilation

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