Measles outbreak report out

A Public Health Wales report has been published into the measles outbreak, which centred on Swansea. The outbreak started in November 2012 and didn't end until July. The report recommends measures to help prevent a future outbreak.

'Get tough' approach needed to stamp out measles

by Dean Thomas

Health experts have recommended a 'get tough' approach to tackling measles following an epidemic that claimed the life of one man and left 1,200 others ill across south and mid Wales.

The so-called 'aggressive control' policy could result in unimmunised children being excluded from school if a close contact develops the disease.

Health chiefs have also warned that 10 to 18-year-olds are now the most vulnerable as a fresh outbreak spreads a year on from the start of the original epidemic.

Public Health Wales: Measles is a 'serious illness'

The director of health protection for Public Health Wales has described measles as a 'serious illness', adding: "No parent or young person should believe it cannot happen to them."

The report into the outbreak shows how four cases of measles contracted by children from Wales visiting a holiday camp in England became more than 1,200 cases in the space of eight months.

The only guarantee against catching measles is receiving the full two doses of the MMR vaccine, and while we have 30,000 children and young people still needing vaccination, we can't assume we will not see further outbreaks of this scale.

– Dr Marion Lyons, Public Health Wales

One person died and 88 were admitted to hospital during the outbreak.

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Measles: Authorities 'must work to eradicate infection'

A review into Wales' biggest measles outbreak says authorities still need to do more to eradicate the infection, which began in 2012.

Here's what you need to know:

  • There were originally only four cases of measles found in November last year
  • 1,202 people contracted the infection, 88 were hospitalised and one person died
  • During the outbreak period, 77,805 vaccines were administered
  • Two doses of the MMR are 99% effective in protecting against measles
  • It is believed 42,000 Welsh children are still not protected against the infection
  • Swansea and Port Talbot have the highest record of cases between 2012-13

Public Health Wales: 'More children need measles jab'

A review into Wales' biggest measles outbreak has called on authorities to strive to eradicate the infection.

The Public Health Wales review gives recommendations to the NHS, local authorities and the Welsh Government on future protocols when dealing with a measles epidemic.

Parents are still being urged to get their children vaccinated after further cases were found in Swansea last month.

Over 1,202 people have contracted measles since November last year.

Public Health Wales officials are concerned this number could grow if children don't receive both doses of the MMR vaccine.