Fresh measles outbreak

Three new cases of measles have been reported in a fresh outbreak in Neath and Swansea. Over 1,202 people have contracted measles since November last year, with one fatality and 88 hospitalised.

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Measles: Remaining unvaccinated 'not worth the risk'

Public Health Wales has warned that the continuing spread of measles is 'very concerning', adding that it is 'simply not worth the risk' to remain unvaccinated.

This is a potentially nasty infection that can easily be prevented with a safe, effective vaccine and we would not see measles in Wales if enough children and young people were vaccinated.

Uptake of the MMR vaccine in small children is the highest it’s ever been in Wales but we still have a large number of children and teenagers aged 10 to 18 who are not vaccinated.

Our message to them and their parents is that they are at risk from an infection that hospitalised 88 people earlier this year in Wales and killed one person.

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

Three new cases of measles reported in latest outbreak

Parents are still being urged to get their children vaccinated as a fresh outbreak of measles continues Credit: Klaus Rose/DPA/Press Association Images

Three new cases of measles have been reported in the Neath and Swansea area.

There are now 39 confirmed cases in the latest outbreak, which has affected four schools in the region.

Yesterday Public Health Wales and three local health boards published their report into the biggest outbreak of measles in Wales since the introduction of the MMR vaccination.

It said a 'get tough' approach was needed to stamp out the illness, which it described as 'very serious'.

Over 1,202 people have contracted measles since November last year, with one fatality and 88 hospitalised.

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