Western Governor’s University
Describe a Specific Communicable Disease Outbreak
In early April 2013 a measles outbreak was discovered in North Carolina. By mid-May the outbreak had been identified in Stokes and Orange Counties via 23 active cases. Every case was linked back to a family that had spent 3 months in India and had not been vaccinated. By the 16th of April the state laboratory of Public Health was able to confirm the diagnosis, with the last known case being confirmed on May 7th. The investigation of this outbreak revealed 4 patients with a confirmed diagnosis that had received one of vaccination of the two part series. The other 19 cases had not ever been vaccinated.
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Once a diagnosis is suspected and or established, the provider has to report the case the local level health department within 24 hours. The health department is required to immediately contact the state health department for initiation of the mandated surveillance and investigation protocols. The investigation will be implemented immediately to