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Recognizing Measles, Mumps, and Rubella in the Emergency Department

Gadler, Tracie, DNP, APRN, RNFA, NP-C; Martinez, Nicole, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, ENP-C, PHN; Ogg-Gress, Jill, DNP, FNP-C, ARNP

Section Editor(s): Martinez, Nicole MSN, RN, FNP-BC, ENP-C, PHN; Column Editor

Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal: April/June 2018 - Volume 40 - Issue 2 - p 110–118
doi: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000190

Measles, mumps, and rubella have impacted millions of American lives over the last 100 years. During the last century, researchers have identified viral diseases, developed a combination vaccine, and have continued ongoing research when outbreaks have occurred. Despite the high incidence of vaccinated individuals, these highly communicable diseases continue to flourish within clusters of outbreaks throughout the United States. Emergency medicine providers play a key role in early recognition and diagnosis of the disease. The proper management and reporting reflect the emphasis on prevention of widespread outbreaks.

Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, Washington, District of Columbia.

Corresponding Author: Tracie Gadler, DNP, APRN, RNFA, NP-C, Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, 3700 Reservoir Rd, Washington, DC 20007 (

Disclosure: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

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