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Chichester, Sussex, UK: Measles Outbreak

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    Posted: May 05 2018 at 5:21am


2:33pm 4th May 2018
(Updated 2:45pm 4th May 2018)

Parents in Chichester are being urged to check if their children are up to date with the MMR vaccine, after an outbreak of measles among school pupils in the city.

Public Health England (PHE) said there has so far been one confirmed case in the city and a further nine suspected cases.

The disease is highly infectious and can lead to serious complications, especially for people with immune problems, pregnant women and in babies young than one year old.

Symptoms of measles typically include:

  • high fever (temperature of 39°C or higher)
  • sore, red, watery eyes
  • coughing
  • aching and feeling generally unwell
  • a blotchy red brown rash, which usually appears 2-4 days after the initial symptoms

Anyone with symptoms is being advised NOT to go to their GP or to a hospital without telephoning first.

This allows arrangements to be made to reduce the chance of spreading the infection to hospital or GP waiting rooms.

Dr Sarah Lock, PHE South East Health Protection consultant, said: "Measles is extremely infectious and not just a childhood illness but one that can affect anyone at any age.

"It is really important that anyone, even adults, who hasn’t already had two doses of the MMR vaccine contacts their GP surgery for an appointment to get vaccinated.

"If you’re unsure whether you or your children have had 2 MMRs, first check your child’s Red Book or contact your GP surgery. You do not need additional MMR vaccines if you and your children have all had two MMR vaccines.

"With ongoing outbreaks in other parts of Europe including Romania, Italy and Ukraine, we’re also warning that anyone travelling to these countries is at particularly high risk.

"If you’re planning to go to these countries, contact your GP to arrange to make sure that you are fully vaccinated before you travel."

Those who think they have measles are being advised to stay away from places where they could come into contact with lots of other people - such as workplaces or schools, hospitals and social gatherings - for at least four days after the onset of the rash.

If you're concerned your child may have measles don't go straight to A&E or your local GP surgery.

Instead, telephone your GP or ring NHS 111 for advice.


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