Swansea Measles: Epidemic Tops 1,000 Cases

Source: BBC News


Measles cases in Swansea, Wales, have reached 1,011. Although a vaccination campaign in schools and hospitals administered the MMR vaccine to 4,000 10- to 18-year-olds last month, another 5,000 still need to be immunized. Since the start of the outbreak, 84 people have been hospitalized, and a 25-year-old man suffering from measles died. Dr. Marion Lyons of Public Health Wales, while praising the vaccination campaign, says that “with around 50,000 children (in Wales) in the 10 to 18 age group still not vaccinated and more than 1,000 cases now reported to us, we cannot be complacent. While not enough children are vaccinated, this outbreak can easily spread anywhere in Wales.” Meanwhile, a catch-up MMR vaccination campaign in England will target 1 million children between the ages of 10 and 16 in an effort to prevent the disease from spreading.

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