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    Posted: May 12 2018 at 2:25pm

Measles OUTBREAK: More than 400 cases in England as epidemic hits EUROPE

MEASLES is spreading rapidly throughout England and Europe, with the Government urging people to check they are properly vaccinated against the potentially fatal infectious disease.

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I agree, the death rate in times of crisis (like refugee camps) can be horrendous. So if measels is circulating when a flu pandemic hits then things could be very bad.   And the neurological damage to children especially can be many times the death rate, leading to a life-time burden.

However, 400 cases is a far cry from the 693 000 cases recorded in 1955 in the UK.
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MEASLES OUTBREAK: UK on alert as doctors warn surge ALREADY worse than 2017

THE UK measles outbreak is already worse than last year's, medical experts have warned, with more cases confirmed during the first four-and-a-half months of this year than the entire of 2017.

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Measles outbreak fears at summer festivals as music fans urged to get vaccinated


REVELLERS are being warned over fears of a measles outbreak at summer music festivals as people are urged to get vaccinated.

Public Health England says crowded environments with low levels of hygiene are "more at risk" of the disease spreading amid a surge of cases in the West Midlands.

The government body said in a statement that music festivals “pose an ideal opportunity for the infection to spread quickly” and those with symptoms should avoid such events.

It comes as Coventry gears up to host the BBC’s Biggest Weekend festival this weekend.

The West Midlands has seen an outbreak in measles cases recently, with three times more cases reported in the first three months of the year compared with the same period in 2017.

The West Midlands branch of Public Health England issued a more specific warning.

In a statement on Twitter, it said: “Measles is spreading around the West Midlands and festivals are a hotspot for them to spread.

“If you are going to the BBC Biggest Weekend and Biggest Weekend Fringe in Coventry, make sure you have had your MMR vaccines.”

The BBC event will also take place in three other cities this weekend, including Swansea, Perth and Belfast, with performances from headliners Taylor Swift, Liam Gallagher, Ed Sheeran and Florence + the Machine.


Source:   https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6383633/measles-outbreak-summer-festivals-music-fans-vaccinations/

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Devon parents are being given warning letters about severity of outbreak.

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Public health officials issue warning after huge measles outbreak at festivals

Updated12:02, 13 JUN 2018

Public Health England are asking festival organisers to do more when it comes to raising awareness about the dangers ofmeasles.

Public health officials have urged festivals to do more to prevent the spread of measles at their events this summer.

A large number of outbreaks of the disease were reported at festivals in Devon and across Britain last year, and now Public Health England want the event organisers to do more to make people aware of the virus.

There are a number of huge festivals taking place in Devon this summer, including Ocean City Sounds in Plymouth, Croyde's GoldCoast Oceanfest and Beautiful Days at Escot Park.

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Festivals are an ideal breeding ground for measles to spread.

It can be caught from just 15 minutes contact with an infected person and has the potential to lead to more serious complications.

In 2016 there were 52 measles cases linked to music and arts festivals in England and Wales.

Nearly half of these cases were in young people aged 15 to 19 years and several individuals who acquired measles at one festival subsequently attended another festival while infectious, resulting in multiple linked outbreaks.

Measles can be more severe in young people between the ages of 15 – 25 who are more likely to more likely to have missed out on their MMR vaccine when they were younger, and this has recently resulted in a number of outbreaks across England.

Thankfully, the virus can be prevented by having the MMR vaccine and PHE are calling on festivals to urge attendees to check their vaccination status.

Festival goers are also advised to check if they are up to date with their GP practice and make an appointment to get caught up before attending festivals.

What PHE are asking festival organisers to do

  • Put information about measles and MMR on your website for people to read
  • Include information in e-mails for people who have bought a ticket
  • Use your social media channels to spread the word using PHE images and key messages
  • Display posters and give out measles information leaflets at the festival

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