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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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Tally now reaches 750.

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Over 100 cases in West London alone.

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Thousands of Merseyside children could be at risk from Measles outbreak

Worrying figures from Public Health England have sparked concern.

05:00, 8 SEP 2018

Thousands of Merseyside children are at risk from measles after missing out on the MMR jab.

More than 16,500 children in our area are estimated to have missed out on the vital jab since 2000.

Figures suggest as many as 16,563 children born between April 2000 and March 2016 in Merseyside, including Halton, have not had the first dose of the jab.

And as many as 33,766 children in the same age group may not have had the second dose by the time they turned five.

In Liverpool, potentially 5,086 children born between April 2000 and March 2016 have missed out on the first dose of the MMR jab, and 11,996 of those who have turned five have not been given the second dose.

The news comes as Public Health England (PHE) is advising the public to get up to date with both doses of the vaccination due to measles outbreaks across the country.

The latest outbreaks have particularly hit young people in their late teens and early twenties - who may have missed out when vaccination rates dropped in the early 2000s due to unfounded fears over the vaccine.

Official NHS data shows only 66.5% of children in Liverpool who were born between April 2000 and March 2001 had been given both MMR doses by their fifth birthday.

While vaccination rates in the area have improved - 87% of those children born between April 2012 and March 2013 had been given both doses by their fifth birthday - it still leaves a group of potentially vulnerable unvaccinated older children.

Among younger children, 92.9% of those born between April 2015 and March 2016 had the first dose of the MMR by the time they were two.

The World Health Organisation target is for 95% of children to have received the first dose by their second birthday.

There have been 87 reported cases of measles in Merseyside so far this year compared to 29 reported during the same period last year.

The figures are based on NHS reports of the proportion of children in each area who had been given the first and/or second dose of MMR by their fifth birthday or just the first dose by their second birthday, depending on when they were born.

The overall numbers of unvaccinated children in an area may be lower as some children may have given the MMR vaccine later on, or may have moved out of the area.

Across England, potentially 864,636 children born between April 2000 and March 2016 have missed out on the first dose of the MMR jab, and 1.4m of those who have turned five have not been given the second dose.

In the 35 weeks ending September 2, 2,065 suspected cases of measles were reported to PHE across England and Wales.

The number of reports is much higher than over the same period in recent years.

There were 1,076 cases reported in 2017, as well as 1,172 in 2016, 870 in 2015, and 1,354 in 2014.

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can sometimes lead to serious complications and can be fatal in very rare cases.

Anyone who has not received two doses of MMR vaccine is at risk, but young people in environments with close mixing such as festivals are more at risk, as well as unvaccinated people travelling to Romania and Italy, where there are currently large outbreaks.

Anyone planning to travel to Europe should check travel health advice.

Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at PHE, said: “The measles outbreaks we are currently seeing in England are linked to ongoing large outbreaks in Europe.

“The majority of cases we are seeing are in teenagers and young adults who missed out on their MMR vaccine when they were children.

“Anyone who missed out on their MMR vaccine in the past or are unsure if they had two doses should contact their GP practice to catch-up.

“This serves as an important reminder for parents to take up the offer of MMR vaccination for their children at 1 year of age and as a pre-school booster at three years and four months of age.

“We’d also encourage people to ensure they are up to date with their MMR vaccine before travelling to countries with ongoing measles outbreaks.

“The UK recently achieved WHO measles elimination status and so the overall risk of measles to the UK population is low, however, we will continue to see cases in unimmunised individuals and limited onward spread can occur in communities with low MMR coverage and in age groups with very close mixing.”

Source and measles video:   https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/thousands-merseyside-children-could-risk-15121651
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