Measles Outbreak in England Passes 800 Cases

Measles Outbreak in England Continues:

The measles outbreak in England has seen the number of cases cross the 800 mark since the start of 2018.

According to the latest figures released this week, 807 cases have now been confirmed in England between 01 January and 06 August 2018.

Public Health England (PHE) is urging people to make sure they have received 2 doses of the MMR vaccine.

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

“The majority of cases we are seeing are in teenagers and young adults who missed out on their MMR vaccine when they were children.”

Dr Ramsay is reminding parents to take up the MMR vaccination for their children at age 1 and again as a preschool booster at 3 years and 4 months

She said: “Anyone 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.”

Measles is a viral illness that is ‘highly’ infectious. It can lead to serious complication and even death in some cases.

Anyone travelling to Europe is also being advised to check NaTHNaC for travel health advice.

A total of 807 laboratory confirmed cases have been recorded this year. London has had the most at 281, followed by the South East 166 with the South West totalling 139.

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