Warning over measles outbreak in Newport

Public Health Wales is investigating an outbreak of measles in South Wales.

MMR vaccine

They small the outbreak is small and doctors think it's linked to a school in Newport. 

They're urging parents to make sure their children have received two doses of the MMR vaccine .

It comes after a fatal outbreak of measles in South West Wales between 2012 and 2013 which saw more than 1,200 cases of measles in around Swansea. 88 people ended up in hospital and one person died.

Dr Tom Porter, Consultant in Public Health Medicine in Cardiff and Vale said: "We know that around 1 in 7 children and young people in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan are currently not fully protected against measles.  

"We would urge parents to check that their children have had two doses of MMR and, if not, to contact your GP surgery to make an appointment for vaccination."

Around one in ten children with measles end up in hospital; in rare cases it can be fatal.

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