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Swansea Measles: Cases Rise by 20 to 1,094

Source: BBC News

05/14/2013

An outbreak of measles in Wales could continue to spread, according to health officials. Measles cases in Swansea have risen by 20 in recent days to 1,094. Since last November, a total of 1,257 people across Wales have contracted the disease. The uptake of MMR is too low to eliminate the disease, especially among those aged 10 to 18 who are hit the hardest. A 95 percent rate would be needed to prevent further outbreaks. More than 43,000 non-routine doses of MMR vaccine have been administered since the outbreak began, according to Public Health Wales (PHW). Health officials are still concerned that the epidemic could spread to the old Gwent area. “I am concerned there may be a perception that because the number of new cases we are seeing each day in this outbreak is slowing, the threat of measles is going away,” says Dr. Marion Lyons, director of health protection for PHW. “This is not the case.”



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