Measles outbreak in north west30th October 2008
The Health Protection Agency has warned that the north west of England could be on the verge of a measles epidemic.
Twenty-two children have been diagnosed with the illness following an outbreak in parts of Cheshire - the third in the region in 2008 - and health officials are now urging parents to ensure children get two doses of the MMR vaccine to stop further outbreaks. Over the summer eight cases were confirmed in Trafford and a further 89 in Blackpool.
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