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Measles outbreak confirmed in Cumbria

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There is a new outbreak of measles in Cumbria.

The deadly virus was eliminated from the UK for three years, but in the first quarter of 2019 there were 231 confirmed cases across the country.

The latest outbreak in Cumbria came from Allerdale last week.

Another case was reported in Allerdale in May and two other confirmed cases of the virus were reported in January, in both Copeland and Barrow.

The news comes with growing concerns over the lack of MMR vaccinations being given to children.

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Some experts suggest that the decrease in MMR vaccinations may be linked to misleading information being published on social media.

I would urge anyone to look at trusted websites like www.nhs.uk when making decisions rather than accepting the deliberately misleading information circulating on some social media. If you or your children haven’t had the vaccination it isn’t too late.

– Dr Amanda Boardman, NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group