Published: Sat, September 01, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Nurse fired after posting info about boy with measles online

Nurse fired after posting info about boy with measles online

The hospital says it can't comment on whether she has had her vaccines.

The pediatric intensive care unit nurse posted about the child on an anti-vaccination group page on Facebook, called Proud Parents of Unvaccinated Children-Texas, according to screenshots obtained by The Houston Chronicle.

Including this incident, Texas confirmed eight cases of measles so far in 2018. The hospital did not name the nurse.

A boy between the ages of 1 and 3 years old has tested positive for measles in Houston after recently traveling out of the country, health officials confirmed. This reflected a 20 percent increase of un-vaccinated children since 2003, which could fuel a Texas measles outbreak, according to Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and director of the Children's Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children's Hospital.

But by the unidentified nurse's own account, he was extremely sick.

"The views of this employee do not represent that of the organization", the hospital later added, according to ABC News.

"I think it's easy for us nonvaxxers to make assumptions but most of us have never and will never see one of these diseases", the Texas Children's nurse wrote, according to The Chronicle. The post reads, "For the first time in my career I saw Measles this week".

"Honestly, it was rough. The kid was super sick".

The best way to protect yourself and those you love against measles is to get vaccinated.

The measles virus (left) was considered eradicated from the USA in 2000, but there have been many recent outbreaks of the illness several states and other countries.

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

The measles vaccine is extremely effective.

Measles was considered eradicated from the USA in 2000, but there has been a sudden resurgence of outbreaks, which most public health officials blame on the current momentum behind the anti-vaxxer movement.

Texas is one of only a handful of states that allow "philosophical" exemptions to vaccinations, a permission won by the anti-vaxxer political lobby there.

The children's hospital took swift action just four days after learning about the nurse's Facebook activity. She then voiced: "By no means have I changed my vax [sic] stance, and I never will".

Later, in the comments, the woman wrote she "thought about swabbing his [the patient's] mouth and bringing it home to my 13 y.o".

Measles is a virus that is easily spread by air droplets when infected persons breathe, cough, or sneeze.

The hospital says the nurse is not seeing patients at this time, due to the ongoing investigation. We are aware of this situation and have started a thorough investigation.

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