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Measles widespread in Bristol after rise in cases

Measles is now widespread in Bristol according Public Health England following a rise in the number of cases reported in the city this year.

There have been 52 confirmed cases and 24 probable cases reported so far this year.

Public Health England is now working with local GPs to stop the spread of the disease.

You and your family are at risk of the infection unless you have had two doses of MMR vaccine.

Take action now to protect yourself and your family. Check your vaccination history and if you have not had two doses, call your GP now to arrange to have a MMR vaccination.

Measles is not just a mild childhood disease, it can be serious and life threatening and we have seen 14 people hospitalised in the South West as a result of Measles.

– Thara Raj, Consultant in Health Protection for Public Health England South West
Measles is now widespread across Bristol. Credit: NHS Choices

The symptoms of measles are:

  • cold-like symptoms
  • sore red eyes
  • high temperature
  • red-brown blotchy rash

We have seen recent consequences of people with suspected measles who have continued their day to day activities resulting in many vulnerable people being exposed and some even requiring urgent medical interventions.

– Thara Raj, Consultant in Health Protection for Public Health England South West
Bristol residents are being asked to check if they and their children have had two doses of the MMR vaccine. Credit: PA Images

Residents are being asked to:

  • Check if you are protected – have you had two doses of MMR?
  • Check if your children are protected – have they had two doses of MMR vaccine? If the answer is no, contact your GP now for a catch up vaccination
  • Know the signs and symptoms of measles
  • DO NOT: go to school, nursery, or work if you have symptoms. Inform the school / nursery that your child may have measles
  • If you suspect measles, call your GP immediately to be assessed and if it is measles stay at home until 5 days after rash has appeared.
  • Call ahead before attending your GP, A&E or any other health care setting so that they make arrangements to prevent you spreading the infection to others when you are seen.