Measles warning as cases rise

The number of measles cases has risen to 14, with Public Health Wales warning there is "potential for the outbreak to spread quickly". There are cases at a secondary school in Pontardawe, and others at a primary school, a college and a nursery.

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Measles cases at three schools, college and nursery

There have been measles cases reported at two primary schools, a further education college, and a nursery - in addition to cases at Cwmtawe School in Pontardawe.

We now have cases not only in Cwmtawe School but also in two primary schools, a further education college and a nursery – and in all of these places there are unvaccinated children and young people who could easily catch and spread measles.

Parents who have decided not to vaccinate their children are not only risking their children’s health, but are putting other children at risk, children either too young to be vaccinated or with medical conditions that prevent them from being vaccinated.

We are very frustrated to see more cases of measles in the area so soon after the large outbreak earlier this year and we are very keen for this to be stopped before it can get any bigger and we return to a position where children are admitted to hospital or die or are damaged by the disease.

The only way to achieve that is through vaccination and I urge parents whose children have not received two doses of MMR to ensure that they speak to their GP immediately to arrange this quick, safe and effective vaccine.

– Dr Jörg Hoffmann, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health Wales

Public Health Wales says it wants to remind parents that children need two doses of MMR for the maximum 99 per cent protection against measles.

The virus is very contagious, can cause serious complications and even be fatal.

The symptoms of measles include: fever, fatigue, runny nose, conjunctivitis, a distinctive red rash.

Public Health Wales is urging anyone who thinks they or their children has the symptoms should contact their GP or NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47.

Measles warning after number of cases rises again

Public health officials are warning that the number of measles cases has risen to 14, after an outbreak earlier this year.

There are now 13 cases linked to Cwmtawe School in Pontardawe, and a case of suspected measles with no apparent links to the school, at a nursery in the Swansea area.

Health chiefs have warned that thousands of children in Wales still haven't had two doses of the MMR vaccine. Credit: PA

Public Health Wales says there is "potential for the outbreak to spread quickly", unless children who have not received two doses of the MMR are vaccinated urgently.

Two weeks ago, vaccination clinics were held at the secondary school in Pontardawe, after the first case was confirmed.

The last outbreak, centred on Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, was declared over in July, having started last November.

It resulted in more than 1,200 cases.


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