Measles outbreak in five English regions

From BBC - January 16, 2018

Outbreaks of measles have been confirmed in five areas of England and now total more than 120 cases.

Public Health England says the cases in West Yorkshire, Cheshire and Liverpool, West Midlands, Surrey and Greater Manchester are linked to ongoing large outbreaks in Europe.

The overall risk in the UK is still low, but outbreaks can happen any time.

The MMR jab protects against measles. Experts are urging parents to immunise their children.

Anyone unsure if they are fully vaccinated should check with their GP.

PHE says cases in England appear to be stabilising.

As of 9 January, there have been 34 confirmed cases in West Yorkshire, 29 confirmed cases in Cheshire and Liverpool, 32 confirmed cases in the West Midlands, 20 confirmed cases in Surrey and 7 confirmed cases in Greater Manchester.

Unvaccinated people travelling to Romania and Italy, where there are currently large outbreaks of measles, are at particularly high risk, says PHE.


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