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close this bookTreating Measles in Children (Document & Slides) (WHO - OMS, 1997, 60 p.)
close this folderPart 4. TREATING COMPLICATIONS
View the document18. Where to manage cases
View the document19. General management principles
View the document20. Severe complicated measles - hospital care 1 - reasons for admission
View the document21. Severe complicated measles - hospital care 2 - management issues
View the document22. Severe complicated measles - hospital care 3 - isolation of children
View the document23. Complicated measles - outpatient care 1 - pneumonia
View the document24. Complicated measles - outpatient care 2 - croup
View the document25. Complicated measles - outpatient care 3 - ear problems
View the document26. Complicated measles - outpatient care 4 - diarrhoea
View the document27. Complicated measles - outpatient care 5 - eye problems
View the document28. Complicated measles - outpatient care 6 - mouth ulcers
View the documentSummary of Part 4

22. Severe complicated measles - hospital care 3 - isolation of children

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Measles is a highly infectious disease and spreads rapidly amongst children who have not had the disease and amongst those who have not been immunized against measles.

· Do not leave in the public waiting area children with fever and rash suspected of having measles. If possible, provide a special isolation room for them.

· Isolate children admitted to hospital with measles for at least 4 days after the rash appears. This will limit the spread of the measles virus. Isolation should be as effective as resources permit. Ideally measles patients should be kept in their own ward away from other patients.

· Isolate malnourished and immune-compromised children with measles during the whole illness, since they may excrete the virus for a long time.

· Immunize with measles vaccine all children from 6 months of age who are admitted to hospital. For children receiving a dose before 9 months, it is essential that a second dose be given as soon after 9 months of age as possible.