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Measles outbreak continues in Merseyside

7th March 2012

The Health Protection Agency has confirmed that a team of specialists are investigating 48 confirmed cases of measles in Merseyside.

The team are also looking into 37 "probable" cases and 108 "possible" cases of measles in the area. Dr. Roberto Vivancos, a consultant with the HPA’s Cheshire and Merseyside Health Protection Unit, said: "Measles is highly infectious and unvaccinated children are at risk when it gets into a community. Furthermore, when unvaccinated older children pick up an infection they can pass it on to vulnerable infants who are too young to be vaccinated. That would appear to be what’s happening in this outbreak."

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