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43 more measles cases reported in south west Wales

15th March 2013

Cases of measles are continuing to rise in the Swansea area of Wales.

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In the last week, a further 43 cases have been reported, taking the number of cases in the current outbreak to 252.

So far, 38 people have been admitted to hospital with the condition in an outbreak that has hit 64 primary, secondary and nursery schools.

Public Health Wales (PHW) says it is seriously concerned at the spread – which now shows signs of moving into south east Wales - and it has urged parents to ensure children of all ages have MMR jabs.

PHW director of health protection Dr Marion Lyons said: “The numbers of cases of measles and continuing spread of the disease is of serious concern to us.

“We cannot emphasise enough that measles is an illness that can kill, or leave people with permanent complications including severe brain damage, and the only protection is the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination.

“The continuing spread of the disease in the Swansea area means that it is only a matter of time before we have a child whose health is seriously damaged by measles.”

She said that if parents have unvaccinated children, they should make immediate arrangements with their GP for their child to receive the MMR vaccination.

 

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Article Information

Title: 43 more measles cases reported in south west Wales
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 23905
Date Added: 15th Mar 2013

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BBC News
Children & Young People Now

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