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Rise in measles worrying

6th February 2009

Figures show measles cases in England and Wales rose by 36% in 2008.

There were 1,348 cases confirmed in 2008 compared to 990 in 2007. This is the highest figure since the monitoring scheme was introduced in 1995.

The increase is being blamed on the poor uptake of the MMR jab after it was linked to autism.

Immunisation expert Dr Mary Ramsay ssid the rise was "very worrying".

Northern Ireland saw just four cases of measles in 2008.

 

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