[Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), MMWR Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]
Notes from the Field: Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis Death — Oregon, 2015 [ ]
Weekly / January 15, 2016 / 65(1);10–11
Juventila Liko, MD1; Judith A. Guzman-Cottrill, DO2; Paul R. Cieslak, MD1
In 2015, the Oregon Health Authority was notified of the death of a boy with subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE), a rare and fatal complication of measles. The patient, aged 14 years, had reportedly been vaccinated against measles in the Philippines at age 8 months. However, the patient contracted measles at age 1 year while still in the Philippines. He had been well until 2012, when his neurodegenerative symptoms began. After the diagnosis of SSPE was made, the patient remained in home hospice care until his death. Investigators from the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Health and Science University reviewed the patient’s medical records and interviewed the parents. Vaccination against measles can prevent not only acute measles and its complications, but also SSPE.
Corresponding author: Juventila Liko, Juventila.Liko@state.or.us, 971-673-0295.
1Public Health Division, Oregon Health Authority; 2Oregon Health and Science University.
Suggested citation for this article: Liko J, Guzman-Cottrill JA, Cieslak PR. Notes from the Field: Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis Death — Oregon, 2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65:10–11. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6501a3.
Keywords: Research; Abstracts; USA; Oregon; Measles; Encephalitis.