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To the Editor:
In response to Dr Christine Selvey's letter to the Editor1 the Measles Elimination Advisory Committee (MEAC) would like to provide the following comment.
The definition of a susceptible person that was published in the Guidelines for the Control of Measles Outbreaks in Australia (2000)2 could be interpreted to be inconsistent in the situation proposed by Dr Selvey. Therefore, MEAC agrees that practitioners should consider offering infants under 6 months of age immunoglobulin if:
- the exposure was to a confirmed case of measles, as defined in section 2.1 of the Guidelines; and
- the mother is retrospectively assessed to have been susceptible to measles at the infant's time of birth.
Guidelines such as Guidelines for the Control of Measles Outbreaks in Australia cannot provide recommendations to cover every situation. Therefore, it is important for public health practitioners to consider recommendations in light of the clinical context and to be prepared to exercise a degree of clinical judgement in their implementation (refer to page xvii of the Guidelines).
1. Selvey C. Guidelines for the control of measles outbreaks in Australia (letter). Commun Dis Intell 2000;24:299.
2. Measles elimination Advisory Committee. Guidelines for the control of measles outbreaks in Australia. Commun Dis Intell Technical Report Series No 5. 2000.
This article was published in Communicable Diseases Intelligence Volume 24, No 11, November 2000.