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Effective control measures limited measles outbreak after extensive nosocomial exposures in January-February 2008 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Journal article
Authors P Follin
Leif Dotevall
Marianne Jertborn
Younis Khalid
Jan-Åke Liljeqvist
S Muntz
Ingemar Qvarfordt
A Söderström
A Wiman
C Ahrén
P Osterberg
K Johansen
Published in Euro surveillance : bulletin européen sur les maladies transmissibles = European communicable disease bulletin
Volume 13
Issue 30
Pages 1-5
ISSN 1560-7917
Publication year 2008
Published at Institute of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
Institute of Biomedicine, Department of Infectious Medicine
Institute of Clinical Sciences
Pages 1-5
Language en
Keywords Adult, Ambulatory Care Facilities, Child, Cross Infection, prevention & control, virology, Disease Outbreaks, prevention & control, Female, Humans, Infant, Male, Measles, drug therapy, epidemiology, prevention & control, transmission, Measles virus, genetics, isolation & purification, Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine, therapeutic use, Sweden, epidemiology
Subject categories Microbiology in the medical area


In January-February 2008, one imported case of measles initiated a series of exposures with around 380 nosocomial secondary contacts. Susceptible individuals were traced early and control measures were initiated that managed to limit the consequences considerably. Only four secondary cases were identified by the end of March. This minor outbreak illustrates the importance and efficiency of early control measures as well as the fact that the risk of measles outbreaks still exists in a country that has high measles, mumps, rubella vaccination coverage among children.

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