179 people in the North West contracted meales during the first three months of the year, the highest figure in the country.
If the Government's top adviser on immunisation thinks the risk of an emergency in England is a possibility, I believe him.
There are now 36 laboratory confirmed measles cases in and around Liverpool and the numbers are continuing to grow.
The Health Protection Agency advise children and adults with symptoms of measles to:
- Avoid contact with others, particularly pregnant women and infants
- Stay away from schools, nurseries and work places until at least four days after the onset of the rash
- Telephone the family GP for advice before attending GP surgeries, NHS walk-in centres or hospital A & E units
– Dr. Roberto Vivancos, Health Protection Agency
Measles is highly infectious and unvaccinated children are at risk when it gets into acommunity, as it has done here on Merseyside.
Furthermore, when unvaccinatedolder children pick up an infection they can pass it on to vulnerable infantswho are too young to be vaccinated. That would appear to be what’s happened inthis outbreak.
A measles outbreak is continuing on Merseyside.
The Health Protection Agency say there are now 85 laboratory confirmed cases and a further 44 probable cases are under investigation.
Dr Richard Jarvis from the Health Protection Agency offers advice to those suffering with symptoms of measles and to those who are not vaccinated against it.
There are 36 confirmed cases in the city. Another 35 may also have the virus. Experts are advising parents to get their children vaccinated as the majority of cases are amongst under fives, who were not vaccinated as toddlers.
Doctors are urging parents to check whether their children have been vaccinated against measles.
– Dr. Roberto Vivancos, consultant with Cheshire and Merseyside HPU
Measles is highly infectious and unvaccinated children will always be at risk when it gets into a community. Furthermore, when unvaccinated older children pick up an infection they present a risk to siblings and other babies and children who are too youngto be vaccinated.”
The Helath Protection Agency have confirmed the measles outbreak in Liverpool is now the biggest in recent years. Thirty-six cases have now been confirmed. There are also another thirty-five suspected cases. The majority of cases are in children under five.