Swansea Measles Outbreak: Confirmed Cases Jump to 693

Source: BBC News


Seventy-three more cases of measles have been diagnosed in Swansea since Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases in the U.K. outbreak to 693, according to Public Health Wales (PHW). Health officials are calling on parents to have their children vaccinated, and additional drop-in clinics will be held this weekend. Last weekend, more than 1,700 people were given MMR shots at special drop-in clinics in Swansea, North Port Talbot, and Bridgend, and 900 more received the vaccine in the previous week. Welsh health official note that more than 6,000 children in the area still have not received the MMR vaccine. Dr Marion Lyons, director of health protection for PHW, said: “With measles cases at almost 700, with 73 of those reported in the last two days alone, we remain extremely concerned that this outbreak is showing no signs of going away.”