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Measles outbreak declared over

An outbreak of measles was declared in may Credit: PA

An outbreak of measles in Newport and Torfaen has been declared over, although people are being warned of potential further cases in Wales.

The outbreak was declared in May and led to 17 people being confirmed with measles, but there have been no new cases since mid-August.

Public Health Wales is warning parents and young people there continues to be a risk of measles to people who are not fully vaccinated with two doses of MMR.

children have been vaccinated in schools throughout the two counties

An investigation into the outbreak is continuing after the cases were found to have a direct link to Europe, which still has the potential to cause further cases in Wales.

Dr Rhianwen Stiff, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health Wales, said:

With people travelling regularly between Wales and the continent, there remains the chance that people will come into contact with measles infection, and people who have not received two doses of the MMR vaccine are most at risk from developing measles either at home or abroad.

– Public Health Wales, Dr Rhianwen Stiff

Public Health Wales said about one in five children with measles can experience serious complications such as ear infections, pneumonia or meningitis. One in 10 children with measles ends up in hospital and in rare cases it can be fatal.

  • What is measles?

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can cause fever, coughing and distinctive red-brown spots on the skin.

  • What are the symptoms of measles?

Symptoms include a high temperature, cough, runny nose, red eyes (conjunctivitis), and a distinctive red rash

Parents who suspect their child has measles should contact their GP or NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47 for an assessment and should not attend surgery or hospital waiting rooms.