Report Communicable Disease to Health Authorities
Posted Thursday, June 6, 2019 by Shelly Nye
The United States is currently experiencing a significant increase in the number of measles cases. Nationwide, as of May 31, 2019, there have been 981 cases diagnosed in 26 states, including a case that was diagnosed and infectious while visiting Nevada. This is the largest number of cases in the United States in the last 25 years. The numbers this year are expected to continue to rise given multiple outbreaks throughout the country, including outbreaks in nearby states such as California. Below are links to provide you with the latest information on the outbreaks and resources on measles specifically geared for childcare providers.
The current situation emphasizes the importance of using Nevada’s immunization registry; NV WebIZ, to ensure that all children in childcare, as well as childcare employees, are adequately immunized and up-to-date on all recommended immunizations. In addition, NAC 441A.245 requires that childcare facilities must report confirmed or suspected cases of communicable diseases to local health authorities. If you suspect a child or an employee in your facility has symptoms associated with measles, this must be reported to the local health authority, or to the Division of Public and Behavior Health at (775) 400-0333 which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Useful Links and Resources for Childcare Providers
- Centers For Disease Control Educational Resources for Parents and Childcare Providers
- Number of Measles Cases and Outbreaks reported to the CDC (Updated every Monday)
- Immunize Nevada “What you need to know about Measles”
- Information on Nevada WebIZ
- Regulations Regarding Reporting of Communicable Diseases by Child Care Facilities (NAC 441A.245)