Measles cases on the rise

Published on Friday, 27 May 2011 09:27
Posted by Matthew Abbott

334 laboratory confirmed cases of measles have been reported in England and Wales to the Health Protection Agency up to the end of April 2011, compared to a provisional total of 374 cases for the whole of 2010 (May 27th)

Cases are mainly in children or adults under 25 years of age, the vast majority are unvaccinated. Measles cases have been associated with small clusters in universities, schools or families or associated with travel abroad. Other European countries have also seen increases in measles cases in recent months.

Dr Mary Ramsay, head of the immunisation department at the Health Protection Agency, said:

"We again are reminding parents and young adults of the importance of immunisation. Although MMR coverage has improved over the last few years, we cannot stress enough that measles is serious and in some cases it can be fatal.

"Measles is a highly infectious and potentially dangerous illness which spreads very easily. Whether you stay here in the UK or travel abroad it is crucial that individuals who may be at risk are fully immunised."

Source: Health Protection Agency

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