What Were Consequences of 2013 Measles Outbreak in New York?

Bottom Line: A new report describes the public health impact of a 2013 measles outbreak in New York when an unvaccinated adolescent returned to the city infectious with measles after visiting London, United Kingdom. Between March and June 2013, 58 people in New York City were identified as having measles, most of whom were unvaccinated because of parental refusal or intentional delay, and more than 3,300 exposed contacts were identified. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene spent almost $395,000 and more than 10,000 personnel hours responding to and controlling the outbreak.

Authors: Jennifer B. Rosen, M.D., of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, and coauthors

Related Material: The editorial, “Costs, Consequences and Policy Responses of Vaccine-Preventable Disease Outbreaks,” by Jason L. Schwartz, Ph.D., of the Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut, and the JAMA Pediatrics Patient Page, “Measles,” are available on the For The Media website.

 

To Learn More: The full study is available on the For The Media website.

(doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.1024)