As Wales’ largest outbreak of measles continues to spread, public health experts are urging parents to have their children vaccinated with the MMR jab, WalesOnline reports.
The measles outbreak is affecting babies as young as 5 months old. There are now 15 cases in Bridgend, which may be connected to the cases in Mid and West Wales, though no physical person-to-person link has yet to be found to confirm this.
It’s believed that the outbreak is due to children not having one or both doses of the MMR vaccine. Measles – which is highly infectious – is able to travel throughout the community because there’s a low-level of protection. The World Health Organisation recommended a 95% uptake rate for measles to be prevented from passing about.
Dr Mac Walapu, from the National Public Health Service for Wales (NPHS), said, “With so many cases in the community, any child who has not received vaccination is at risk and parents must be aware of the potential consequences of not arranging immunisation for their children.”
Read our news story 127 cases of measles in anti-MMR area for more on how the outbreak reached this point.
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