Two unrelated measles cases in the Denver metropolitan area cost nearly $70 000 to investigate, according to a recent CDC report.
The cases occurred in unvaccinated individuals who had traveled to countries where measles is endemic. Each case exposed multiple people in health care facilities and public places in the United States to the measles.
The first was a 14-month-old boy who had spent 3 months in India in 2016. About 12 days after returning to the United States, he developed a rash, and 3 days later, on July 15, 2016, the local health department was notified that he was suspected of having measles.
Rubin R. High Cost of Investigating Measles Cases. JAMA. 2018;319(2):114. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.20423
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