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Measles outbreak in North East 'serious'

30th January 2013

The Health Protection Authority (HPA) has warned of a serious measles outbreak in the North East of England.

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The HPA said more than 100 people were believed to have, or were suspected to have, the disease.

It said it was "seriously" worried about the outbreak - one of the most serious the region has seen in recent years - and that it was spreading between children who had not been vaccinated against measles.

Nearly 25% of people who had caught measles were admitted to hospital, according to the HPA.

Symptoms of measles include coughing, sore eyes, fever and a rash which originates on the head and travels down the body, usually beginning three or four days after the first symptoms start. 

HPA North East spokeswoman, Julia Waller, said: "This measles outbreak is very serious and we are likely to see many more cases before it's over. The sad thing is that most, if not all of these cases could have been avoided if people had been up-to-date with MMR vaccination."

"There are still too many children and young adults who were not vaccinated. People with measles could also be a risk to those who are not able to protect themselves such as babies who are too young to be vaccinated."

 

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