Measles re-emerging in the Ústí Region

Authors: J. Trmal 1;  J. Kupcová 2;  L. Dvořáková 2;  D. Vaculíková 2;  R. Limberková 3;  I. Šlajová 1;  J. Pospíšilová 1
Authors‘ workplace: Krajská hygienická stanice Ústeckého kraje se sídlem v Ústí nad Labem 1;  Masarykova nemocnice v Ústí nad Labem 2;  Státní zdravotní ústav Praha 3
Published in: Epidemiol. Mikrobiol. Imunol. 63, 2014, č. 2, s. 154-159
Category: Review articles, original papers, case report


A report is given of a measles outbreak in healthcare workers and the general population that occurred in February to March in Ústí nad Labem. The source of infection was a man with a history of travel to India. The outbreak was primarily observed in the patient’s contacts and then spread widely to healthcare workers of the Masaryk Hospital in Ústí nad Labem. The outbreak further reached the general population including family contacts of the patients. By the end of March 2014, 171 measles cases were reported, 68 (39.8%) of which in healthcare workers. Cases we confirmed by laboratory analysis of IgM antibodies and IgG antibody dynamics and, possibly, by R-PCR. In addition to standard preventive anti-epidemic measures, the healthcare workers of the Masaryk Hospital were vaccinated with an extra dose of the Priorix vaccine. Measles cases were most often reported in the population born in 1970–1980. This age group was the target population for an extra dose of the Priorix vaccine. General recommendations have been formulated based on the experience from the outbreak.

measles – outbreak – healthcare workers


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