Measles outbreak in Wales

15 March 2013

There has been a measles outbreak in Wales, with 252 incidences reported in the Swansea area and 43 new cases noted in the past week alone.

Public Health Wales is now urging all parents to make sure their children receive the MMR vaccination.

One in six victims of the outbreak has been hospitalised and concerns are now mounting that it is only a matter of time before a child is left with serious and permanent health complications.

Dr Marion Lyons, director of Health Protection for Public Health Wales, said: "The numbers of cases of measles and continuing spread of the disease is of serious concern to us. 

"We cannot emphasise enough that measles is an illness that can kill."

This follows news that outbreaks of measles in England and Wales reached the highest levels for 18 years.

Young adults and teenagers who weren't immunised in the late 1990s have been identified as being the most at risk by the Health Protection Agency.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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