Emergency Response and Policy Consideration on Measles Epidemics

En-Tzu Wang

2009 Vol.25 NO.4

Correspondence Author: En-Tzu Wang


Since November 2008, the number of imported measles cases has been increasing and eading to several epidemics among susceptible individuals seeking for medical services in different hospitals. Because its frequency and times have rarely been seen in history, these events have surprised and attracted much attention from governments and various sectors of society. To avoid it happening again, issues of clinical diagnosis, infection control, emergency response, and vaccination should be intensified and improved through the efforts of reminding clinical physicians of maintaining vigilance in case finding, enforcement of nosocomial infection control, fleshing out the standard measles control manual, and enforcing the follow-up and management of individuals in vaccination age and strengthening the exception management of vaccination. In addition, to reduce the risk of importing an infected case, to intensify the diagnosis and notification of suspect cases, to enhance quality of disease control, and to elevate herd immunity can also reduce the probability of occurring the similar epidemic. In the future, the government will continuously follow the international measles elimination strategy and agenda, to intensify surveillance, prevention, and control, so that the global elimination goals could be achieved earlier.