AAPD Vice President Interviewed on Measles Outbreak
Dr. Jessica Lee spoke to ADA News for a story titled, "Dental office among sites involved in measles cluster." The story address how measles appeared in the news following reported outbreaks this month in the Northwest.
"According to Dr. Jessica Y. Lee, M.P.H., Ph.D., vice president and spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, common first signs of possible measles include malaise, slight fever and loss of appetite — all of which are consistent with a viral infection.
"There also may be some oral signs of an infectious disease, such as atypical gingivitis," she said.
Dr. Lee recommends that dentists follow all public health protocol if they suspect a patient has measles.
"As far as the dental office is concerned, most of your patients and staff will be protected if they are vaccinated," Dr. Lee said.
"If you are located in an area where there is a higher nonvaccination rate, it may to be prudent to isolate the patient. The patient should be referred to their primary care physician for follow-up care. We should also note that infants may be too young to be vaccinated, so if infant patients are being seen, extra precautions should be taken to protect them from exposure or contact with the suspected measles patient." (Infants brought along to the appointment of a parent or older sibling are also at risk.)
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