We’ve told you about the very real threat of a tripledemic as the current influenza season progresses, new variants of COVID-19 continue to evolve, and record cases of respiratory syncytial virus occur in various states. Ohio is now wrestling with an additional—and surprising—viral entity. As of this writing, at least 46 cases of measles have been confirmed in children in the Columbus area, according to the city’s health department. There have been no fatalities, but 19 of the children have been hospitalized. As noted in an article published by Becker’s Hospital Review, the threat may be especially great across the country (and the world) right now because of disrupted immunization schedules attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. The threat of measles has been on urgent care’s radar even before that. For more insights that could be helpful in your own operation, read Unexpected Viral Illness in an Urgent Care Setting: The Re-Emergence of Mumps, Measles, and Varicella.
As If RSV, COVID, and Flu Aren’t Enough, Another Viral Threat Is Emerging