Texas Children’s Hospital nurse fired after post about measles patient

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A Houston nurse is no longer employed after she posted on social media about a young patient with measles, Texas Children’s Hospital said Thursday.

The nurse also made anti-vaccine comments, something that alarms public health officials wary of anything that might feed the small but vocal vaccine skeptic movement.

“A patient treated at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus tested positive for measles. This is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable infection. We know vaccination is the best protection against measles,” the hospital said in a statement.

“We were also made aware that one of our nurses posted protected health information regarding a patient on social media,” the hospital added.

“We take these matters very seriously, as the privacy and well-being of our patients is always a top priority. After an internal investigation, this individual is no longer with the organization.”