Measles outbreak spreads

The measles outbreak concentrated around the Swansea and Neath Port Talbot has spread to part of west Wales. Hywel Dda Health Board has urged parents in the area to ensure their children are vaccinated.

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Measles outbreak spreads to west Wales

The measles outbreak concentrated around the Swansea and Neath Port Talbot has spread to parts of west Wales.

Hywel Dda Health Board has urged parents in the area to ensure their children are given two of the three-in-one measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

So far there have been 23 cases of the illness across Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion so far this year. They say there were five cases in the whole of 2012.

Letters are currently being sent to families in Llanelli, where cases of Measles are up 300% compared to the same period in 2012.

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Area affected by measles outbreak 'growing'

Dr Richard Roberts, head of Public Health Wales's vaccine preventable disease programme, said the measles outbreak is accelerating and although the "vast majority" of parents have their children vaccinated there is a small minority who have not had the MMR vaccine.

"It is the largest outbreak of measles that we have had for more than 10 years in Wales", he said.

Warning over worsening measles outbreak

There are now more than 300 cases of measles across South West Wales.

Officials have warned that it is only a matter of time before permanent damage is done, or a child dies.

One mother has told ITV Cymru Wales she became seriously concerned when two of her children fell ill as part of the outbreak.

She's now calling on parents to have their children vaccinated, as Kevin Ashford reports.

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