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There are more and more children suffering from measles in Sussex.
So far this year, there have been 180 confirmed cases amongst children and adults in Brighton alone. Compare that with 86 in the rest of East Sussex, 38 in West Sussex, 21 in Kent , and in Essex just 6.
There has been 1 case in Oxfordshire, 5 in Berkshire and 9 in Surrey. There have been none in Buckinghamshire, Hampshire or the Isle of Wight.
The statistics are being blamed on the poor take-up of the MMR vaccine
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Figures released today show a huge increase in the number of adults and children being diagnosed with measles in Brighton.
Last year there were 65 cases compared with this year's figures of 180.
Further along the coast in Hampshire there have been no cases this year compared to 21 last year.
Confirmed measles cases for 2012 so far:
Berkshire – 5
Brighton & Hove – 180
Buckinghamshire – 0
East Sussex – 86
Hampshire PCT – 0
Isle of Wight PCT – 0
Kent – 21 (Eastern and Coastal Kent PCT +West Kent PCT)
Medway – 0
Oxfordshire – 1
Portsmouth City PCT – 0
Southampton PCT – 0
Surrey – 9
West Sussex – 38
Specialist drop-in clinics will open in Brighton and Hove today to try to control a major measles outbreak in the city.
The clinics will distribute the MMR vaccine. 160 people have been diagnosed with the virus in Brighton so far this year - that's more than double the number in 2011.