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28 in hospital with measles

Public Health Wales say that the number of cases of measles in the Swansea area has reached 252. Within the past week, 43 new cases have been reported.

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Health chiefs: Measles outbreak 'potentially fatal'

The director of health protection for Public Health Wales says she fears 'it is only a matter of time' before someone dies as a result of the latest measles outbreak.

We cannot emphasise enough that measles is an illness that can kill, or leave patients with permanent complications including severe brain damage.

As children have been admitted to hospital because of this outbreak of measles we fear it is only a matter of time before someone dies or is left permanently affected by measles.

– Dr Marion Lyons, Public Health Wales

Public Health Wales is urging parents to ensure their children are fully vaccinated against measles, saying it is 'the only effective way' of protecting against the illness.

It added that it is working closely with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board to combat the outbreak.

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