Preventing measles outbreaks: a global health challenge
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Preventing measles outbreaks: a global health challenge

Anne Tyldesley Family nurse specialist, Wood Street Surgery, Temuka, New Zealand

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. In late 2019, Samoa experienced an epidemic of measles, which resulted in overwhelming pressure on local healthcare services and a significant number of deaths. Gaining control of the epidemic required assistance from healthcare professionals from other countries and the implementation of a vaccination programme.

This article will review the series of events that led up to the outbreak and consider the role of primary healthcare, policymakers and governments in preventing a measles outbreak elsewhere in the world.

Primary Health Care. 30, 4, 18-22. doi: 10.7748/phc.2020.e1654


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