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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 will 'almost certainly continue into summer'

Public Health Wales is warning that the current outbreak of measles will 'almost certainly continue into the summer months'.

It comes as the number of cases reaches 316, with 64 new cases in the last week alone.

Measles is such an infectious disease that around 90 per cent of unvaccinated people who come into contact with cases will catch it. You only need one or two people who haven't had the vaccination to put at risk babies, toddlers and anyone else who is vulnerable, such as children with leukaemia who cannot have the vaccination and pregnant women who haven't been vaccinated.

We are urging parents of unvaccinated children to make immediate arrangements with their GP for their children to receive the MMR jab, to prevent further spread of the disease and further misery.

The current outbreak will almost certainly continue into the summer months with potentially serious impacts for children sitting important exams, such as GCSE’s and ‘A’ levels. Holiday plans may well also suffer if the disease continues to spread.

– Dr Marion Lyons, Director of Health Protection for Public Health Wales

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