In a follow-up on the measles situation in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the members of the committee of experts on measles, convened by the Ministry of Health of the Nation (computer translated), agreed on a series of recommendations aimed at strengthening the response after the appearance of the third case of this disease and the circulation of the virus in countries of the region.
Among the measures are to strengthen epidemiological surveillance, intensify vaccination actions, establish a rapid classification mechanism in the guards of hospitals and health centers in the city and province of Buenos Aires and maintain the start of the measles monitoring campaign and rubella for the month of October.
“The three cases are circumscribed to the Federal Capital and the province of Buenos Aires, so it was agreed that the guards establish a selection system that allows patients to be triaged quickly due to febrile exanthematic illness and shorten the attention times of the patients. “, said the head of the Control of Immunopreventable Diseases, Cristian Biscayart.
“It is important to remember that measles is very contagious. It spreads four days before and four days after the beginning of the eruption. Therefore, when a family consults a hospital or health center, mechanisms must be put in place so that they do not have long waiting hours in a guard, but can quickly be labeled, put on a mask and treated in a separate place depending on each institution, “said Angela Gentile, member of the Commission for the Certification of the Elimination of the Endemic Circulation of Measles, Rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome.
Biscayart reported that the country has sufficient doses of the vaccine and that at the meeting the committee reaffirmed to support the start of the monitoring campaign for measles and rubella for the months of October and November for children from 13 months to 4 years inclusive.
Another key action for health personnel is the timely notification, a case study that includes the sending of samples of suspected cases to the ANLIS-Malbrán national reference laboratory for rapid analysis and diagnosis.
Finally, the committee clarified that these recommendations are dynamic and that they will be constantly monitored to update them according to the situation.
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