Nurse under investigation, not seeing patients after anti-vaccine post

Joe Raedle  Getty Images FILEA bottle of measles vaccination is seen at Miami Children's Hospital

Joe Raedle Getty Images FILEA bottle of measles vaccination is seen at Miami Children's Hospital

Houston-based Texas Children's Hospital is investigating one of its nurses after she posted a patient's condition on an anti-vaccination Facebook page, hospital officials confirmed to Becker's Hospital Review.

"I think it's easy for us nonvaxxers to make assumptions but most of us have never and will never see one of theses diseases", the self-identified nurse reportedly wrote in a post that has since been deleted. We are aware of this situation and have started a thorough investigation. "After an internal investigation, this individual is no longer with the organization".

The boy recently traveled internationally, and officials say it's possible he contracted the disease overseas. "But I just wanted to share my experience and how much worse it was than I expected".

At one point the nurse even added, "I'm not kidding that I thought about swabbing his mouth and bringing it home to my 13 year old".

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information and sets rules and limits on who can look at and receive a patient's health information.

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After an investigation, the hospital made a decision to fire the nurse.

"The views of this employee do not represent that of the organization", the hospital added shortly after.

It is not clear if the child hospitalized at Texas Children's was vaccinated or not.

A Texas nurse with anti-vaccination opinions has lost her job after allegedly sharing a young patient's information on a Facebook forum for supporters of the anti-vaccination movement. Hotez cautioned Texas potentially sat on a measles "time bomb" that could explode in 2018 because of plummeting vaccination rates.

More than 100 people have been diagnosed in the USA this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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"We work closely with public health entities to continuously monitor highly-contagious diseases in our local, national and global communities", a statement from the hospital said.

So far this year, there have been seven confirmed cases of measles in Texas.

Lower vaccination rates for measles and other preventable diseases have been tied to outbreaks in the USA and Europe. We have contacted all of those families.

It said the nurse in question was in good standing with the licensing board, but it would not comment on her vaccination status.

All hospital staff are strongly encouraged to obtain the recommended vaccines, and those who do not may be limited in the scope of treating patients.

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

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