EXCLUSIVE: CDC Investigating Possible Case of Measles in Barrington
Sunday, July 26, 2015
"A doctor reported the case," said HEALTH PIO Andrea Bagnall Degos on Friday. "The time to confirm or rule out the case depends on the results of bloodwork from the CDC, which we expect to have next week but there is no firm deadline. Right now we are considering it a 'probable' case."
"The people who were exposed and vaccinated will self-monitor and report any fever or illness to us for a period of 21 days after the initial, potential exposure. Seven children under one year old were exposed. "
Degos said that HEALTH professionals have been working on the case since Tuesday.
"A team of public health nurses, epidemiologists, and laboratorians have been working on the response since the report on Tuesday [July] 21st," said Degos. "The CDC is involved."
According to the CDC's Measles page, "On July 2, 2015, Washington State Department of Health confirmed a measles-related death. The last reported measles infection that resulted in death in the U.S. was in 2003."
Parents of children who attended music class in Barrington were alerted on Tuesday that a possible exposure in an email -- see below.
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Nurses Union Says RI Not Prepared for Ebola
The United Nurses and Allied Professionals are concerned that Rhode Island is not prepared to deal with a possible Ebola outbreak.
The UNAP will announce will announce the results of an internal survey of members meant to gauge Rhode Island’s Ebola Virus response capabilities on Monday, according to union president Linda McDonald, RN.
“As the voice of frontline caregivers, we remain very concerned about Rhode Island’s level of preparedness to respond to the Ebola virus,” McDonald said.
“While political leaders are assuring the public that our state is ready, those of us who work in Emergency Rooms and at hospital bedsides are beginning to tell a very different story. Our members are raising serious concerns about a lack of training, uniform protocol and access to appropriate protective equipment for health care professionals,” McDonald said.
Dr. Michael Fine, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), said that the possibility of Ebola coming to Rhode Island is "very real," but says he believes that Rhode Island is well-prepared -- and that his major concerns right now are for the outbreak West Africa.
Central Massachusetts doctor Richard Sacra – who was successfully treated for Ebola in Nebraska – is back in the hospital with what appears to be a respiratory infection.
Providence resident Ashoka Mukpo, the fourth American to contract the Ebola virus will be treated in Nebraska, according to Rhode Island Department of Health's Chief Officer of Health Promotion Christina Batastini.
"Mukpo will not be treated at a Rhode Island hospital. He is being flown to University of Nebraska Medical Center,"said Batastini.
Nina Pham, from Texas Presbyterian Hospital, is the first nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola sparking the need to take further precautions among healthcare professionals everywhere.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided an Ebola update to media on Monday, focusing on the latest case in Dallas, Texas.
Confirming the first case of Ebola contracted in America by a nurse caring for the "Dallas index patient" at Texas Presbyterian Hospital tested positive for Ebola, CDC Director Dr. Thomas Friedan said the nurse is "being cared for and is clinically stable," and referred any other questions on the patient's safety to the hospital.
Five passengers have been removed from a flight from Dubai by Emergency Response personel according to Tweets from passengers on the plane now grounded at Logan. None of the passengers had been to West Africa, but Massport will continue to be vigilant in disease prevention and screening.
The CDC has confirmed that another employee of the Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has contracted the Ebola virus, making this the second confirmed case originating in the US.
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