Hospital Fires Nurse Who Posted About Patient's Measles on Anti-Vax Page

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Texas Nurse Fired After Posting Measles Patient’s Data on Anti Vaxx Facebook Page BSIP UIG Via Getty Images 29 Aug 2018

Texas Children's Hospital tells NPR via email that a nurse "posted protected health information regarding a patient on social media".

The anti-vaccine Facebook posts in question were apparently shared in a group called "Proud Parents of Unvaccinated Children-Texas". "This kid was super was awful", she said. At the time, the hospital indicated: "The views of this employee do not represent that of the organization". Screenshots of the post show that the nurse said the sickness was worse than she expected, but the experience doesn't change her stance against vaccinations.

The hospital says the nurse is not seeing patients at this time, due to the ongoing investigation.

Before this patient, the last confirmed case of measles in Houston was in 2013, ABC 13 reports. "We have a vaccination that can prevent it", Dr. Umair Shah, executive director of the Harris County, Texas, Health System, told KTRK.

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According to ABC News, the nurse also revealed the patient had recently traveled to a place "where measles is very common" and speculated he did not contract the disease within the United States. "We are aware of this situation and have started a thorough investigation.We take these matters very seriously", the hospital wrote.

Several Facebook users captured screenshots of what the nurse had posted.

Hospital officials at the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston confirmed a nurse was under investigation after posting about a toddler testing positive for measles.

All hospital staff are strongly encouraged to obtain the recommended vaccines, and those who do not may be limited in the scope of treating patients. They said they immediately contacted the families of other children who may have come in contact with the little boy "to assess their risk and provide clinical recommendations". Adults should be vaccinated with at least one dose of MMR vaccine, with a second dose recommended for those at higher risk such as global travelers and health care workers.

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Measles symptoms include a flat red rash, red, watery eyes, runny nose, and a high fever.

Measles, also known as rubeola, is a highly contagious virus that spreads through respiratory droplets, especially coughing and sneezing, according to medical officials.

Lower vaccination rates for measles and other preventable diseases have been tied to outbreaks in the US and Europe.

About one in 20 children who gets measles develops pneumonia, too, and if the viral infection is left untreated too long, children can develop brain welling that can cause permanent damage. We have contacted all of those families. "And two, it's so easily transmittable to someone else", Shah said.

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