OHCP Exposed to or Infected with Measles, Mumps, and Rubella

The measles, mumps, and rubella viruses are spread primarily by droplets and droplet nuclei generated by an infected person during talking, breathing, coughing, and sneezing; by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions; and less frequently by touching freshly contaminated articles and environmental surfaces.46-48 In oral healthcare settings, administrative policies and work restrictions are primarily predicated on the mode of transmission of these pathogens and the period of infectivity of exposed or infected OHCP (Table 6).1,2

Table 6. Work Restrictions: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Infections.1,2