Why is case reporting of measles required?

Updated: Jun 06, 2019
  • Author: Selina SP Chen, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Because the transmission of indigenous measles has been interrupted in the United States and all recent US epidemics have been linked to imported cases, immediately reporting any suspected case of measles to a local or state health department is imperative, as is obtaining serum for IgM antibody testing as soon as possible (ie, on or after the third day of rash).


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