Pathology and Microbiology; Paediatrics and Child Health
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 air-flow, 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 post-implementation analysis for impact. Mandatory vaccination of all HCWs with 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.
Publication ( Name of Journal)
Emerging Health Threats Journal
(2015). Hospital preparedness in community measles outbreaks-challenges and recommendations for low-resource settings. Emerging Health Threats Journal, 8(24173), 1-13.
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