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A nurse in Houston is no longer employed after reporting on a young measles patient on social media, said Texas Children's Hospital on Thursday.
made anti-vaccine comments, something that alerted the health authorities alerted especially, which could feed the small but vociferous vaccine-skeptics movement.
"A patient treated at the Texas Children's Hospital West Campus was positive for measles, a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable infection, and we know the vaccine is the best protection against measles," he said Hospital in a statement.
"We were also made aware that one of our nurses has posted protected health information about a patient on social media," the hospital added. "We take these things very seriously because the privacy and well-being of our patients is always paramount Prior to an internal investigation, this person is no longer with the organization. "
The hospital did not identify the nurse. A Facebook user who alerted Texas Children's to the post said she was shocked by what the nurse said, and copied a screenshot of it to the Facebook page of Texas Children.
"The kid was terribly ill, sick enough to be admitted to intensive care, and he looked miserable," the nurse wrote on an anti-vaccine Facebook page. But she said she was still against vaccinations.
This shook Dr. David Persse, Director of the Houston Health Department. "She's one of the few people who have seen first-hand how devastating these diseases can be, and she's still taking that position for vaccines," Persse said in an interview.
He pointed out that many studies on the safety of vaccines and health professionals should be informed about the facts.
"You have a greater risk of being struck by lightning than a serious adverse event in a vaccine," Persse said.
Measles were eliminated in the United States through vaccinations, but every year cases are imported from other countries. People who are not vaccinated or incomplete can become infected and carry the virus. It will spread if there are other unvaccinated people.
Europe experiences the largest number of measles cases in a decade, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have informed travelers about the risks of traveling to the affected areas. [19659004Perseassistedthatthisparticipationwillhelpeacheachoutwithinoccurrenceintheinfectionwithinanimalsinfectingmeasuresofinfectiousvirusesandpeoplecanshowtherebreathemoresymptoms
Measles killed nearly 90,000 people worldwide in 2016, according to the World Health Organization. Nine out of ten people who have not been vaccinated develop an infection when exposed to a person with the virus, and can even get infected if they go to a room where an infected person is.
So if a case of measles are identified, health officials are working to track down anyone who could have been exposed.
"We were lucky this time," Persse said. He said that the child, apart from his family, was not in contact with many other people before he was hospitalized.
The Facebook user, who revealed the nurse's contributions, said she was using an alias on social media and did not want to be identified with fear of retaliation by members of the anti-vaccine movement, who often attack medical professionals when they talk about the safety of vaccines.
Her post was disbanded on Thursday afternoon.