Mapping a nosocomial outbreak of measles, coinciding with a period of sustained transmission in South London in 2018

J. P. Vink*, L. B. Snell, K. Bernard, H. Mitchell, R. T. Heathcock, Rebecca Cordery, W. Newsholme

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    Abstract

    A measles outbreak in London is described, involving 34 cases across two hospitals and a local community across two countries. After a single introduction to hospital, spread propagated via unvaccinated retail shop workers to healthcare staff, highlighting the importance of expanding occupational health policies to non-clinical hospital staff. Further spread into an under-vaccinated Traveller community is a reminder that measles can spread in the absence of herd immunity. Subsequently endemic measles transmission has been re-established in the UK.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)747-751
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
    Volume105
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

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    Keywords

    • Epidemiology
    • London
    • Measles
    • Outbreak

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