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Four treated for measles

19th May 2009

Four young children have been treated in hospital after contracting measles in Wales.

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The National Public Health Service (NPHS) said the children, all aged under two, went to a nursery in the Burry Port area of Carmarthenshire but are now home.

A special session to vaccinate 32 people who had come into contact with the four children has been held. Meanwhile, parents have been urged to ensure their children are vaccinated against the condition.

The warning comes after figures revealed there had been 127 cases of measles reported in recent weeks in Mid and West Wales, South Pembrokeshire, Llanelli, Burry Port and Neath Port Talbot.

Cases have been seen in a wide age range of the population from babies as young as five months to adults in their late 40s.

Dr Mac Walapu, consultant in Communicable Disease Control for the NPHS, said: "For as long as there are children who do not receive their MMR vaccinations, there is the potential for outbreaks of measles to happen and we would remind anyone in Wales, and not just in the affected area.

"There is no evidence of any child being harmed by the MMR vaccination but there is strong evidence that as many as one in 500 children who catch measles will die, and that another one in 500 will suffer permanent brain damage."

He said any child who has not received vaccination is at risk and that figures show that in some schools the MMR uptake was as low as 14.8%.

 

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