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Concerns raised toward 189 cases of measles in Wales

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NHS Public Health Wales have announced today that cases of measles had been recorded in Wales.

In their press release, published a few hours ago, they say:

“Public Health Wales is urging parents to make sure their children receive the MMR vaccination as it investigates an outbreak of almost 190 reported cases of measles in Swansea and Neath-Port Talbot.”

They explain that the only protection against this potentially fatal disease is receiving two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine. 

“Children should receive the first dose of the vaccine at 12 to 13 months of age and the second at three years and four months of age,” states the press release.

According to NHS, a total of 189 cases of measles would have been diagnosed since the outbreak started in November 2012.

“Cases have been notified in 32 secondary and primary schools and nurseries across the area, with 20 cases notified in the last week alone.  The University Health Board and Public Health Wales are working closely together to combat the outbreak,” states the press release.

Classical symptoms of measles are fever, cough, head cold and rashes.  It takes a bit longer for red stains to appear on the body and spread for several days.

 “Parents of all children aged between one and 18 who have not been fully vaccinated should contact their GP for advice and arrange vaccination as soon as possible.  Those whose vaccination record is unclear, or who have just received one dose of MMR, should also ensure that they contact their GP,” states the press release.

This afternoon a few Welsh primary schools hadn’t heard of this yet, but most of them said that this was of course an issue that should be taken seriously.

A spokesperson from Children in Wales said: “it is very important that all children get their vaccination up to date.”   

Coralie N’Ch

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