Confirmed Measles Case Traveled to NH July 2017

On July 17, 2017, NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding a confirmed measles case that traveled to New Hampshire.  NH DPHS Health Alert

Key Points and Recommendations:

  • Healthcare providers should be aware that a person with confirmed measles traveled to Hampton Beach, NH on 7/9/17, and purchased food at 4 beachside establishments during a time when s/he was considered to be infectious.
  • Healthcare providers should test for measles in persons presenting with a consistent clinical syndrome of fever, cough, conjunctivitis, and coryza (the three “C”s), followed by development of a maculopapular rash.
  • Healthcare providers should ensure their patients are appropriately vaccinated for measles.
  • Suspect measles cases should be managed under airborne infection isolation and immediately reported to NH DPHS at 603-271-4496 (after hours 603-271-5300).
  • To test for measles, the following specimens should be obtained and submitted to NH Public Health Laboratories:
    • Oropharyngeal, nasopharyngeal, or nasal swab for polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
    • Serum for IgM serology

Full DHHS Alert