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Measles outbreaks confirmed in 5 areas across UK

Staff Writer |
Public Health England (PHE) issues advice for the public to ensure they have had the MMR vaccine after outbreaks of measles are confirmed in 5 areas of England.

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As of 9 January, there have been 34 confirmed cases in West Yorkshire, 29 confirmed cases in Cheshire and Liverpool, 32 confirmed cases in the West Midlands, 20 confirmed cases in Surrey and 7 confirmed cases in Greater Manchester.

As of 19 December, there have been 34 confirmed cases in West Yorkshire, 28 confirmed cases in Cheshire and Liverpool, 22 confirmed cases in the West Midlands, 11 confirmed cases in Surrey and 4 confirmed cases in Greater Manchester 15 December 2017

As of 14 December, there have been 29 confirmed cases in West Yorkshire, 20 confirmed cases in Cheshire and Liverpool, 16 confirmed cases in the West Midlands, 10 confirmed cases in Surrey and Sussex and 4 confirmed cases in Greater Manchester.

As of 8 December 2017, there have been 28 confirmed cases in Leeds, 18 confirmed cases in Liverpool, 13 confirmed cases in Birmingham, 7 confirmed cases in Surrey, and 4 confirmed cases in Manchester.

All of the cases have been reported in children and adults who have not received 2 doses of the MMR vaccine.

Dr. Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at PHE, said: "The measles outbreaks we are currently seeing in England are linked to ongoing large outbreaks in Europe.

People who have recently travelled, or are planning to travel to Romania, Italy and Germany and have not had 2 doses of the MMR vaccine are particularly at risk.

"This serves as an important reminder for parents to take up the offer of MMR vaccination for their children at 1 year of age and as a pre-school booster at 3 years and 4 months of age. Children and young adults who missed out on their MMR vaccine in the past or are unsure if they had 2 doses should contact their GP practice to catch-up.

"We’d also encourage people to ensure they are up to date with their MMRvaccine before travelling to countries with ongoing measles outbreaks.

"The UK recently achieved WHO measles elimination status and so the overall risk of measles to the UK population is low, however due to ongoing measles outbreaks in Europe, we will continue to see cases in unimmunised individuals and limited onward spread can occur in communities with low MMR coverage and in age groups with very close mixing."


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