Measles in United Kingdom is major public health problem

Because measles vaccination rates fell over ten years ago, there is now a continuing major outbreak of measles in multiple areas of the UK. So far this year, there have already been 1,200 cases of measles reported, compared to 2,000 cases reported all last year. With 20 new cases being confirmed in the last 5 days as part of the Swansea epidemic, Wales has been among the most affected areas. Travellers are reminded that outbreaks of the highly contagious measles virus can occur anywhere in the world at any time. Travellers can reduce their risk of exposure to the highly contagious measles virus by ensuring that their childhood vaccinations, including measles, are up-to-date prior to travelling.

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