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Cases in the Swansea measles epidemic rise

By SWEPGRoberts  |  Posted: May 02, 2013


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PUBLIC Health Wales have released new figures on the measles outbreak in Swansea, showing another rise.

There have now been 1,039 cases of measles in the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg, Hywel Dda and Powys health board areas – an increase of 28 since Tuesday.

Eighty-five people have been hospitalised. Across the whole of Wales the total is 1,170.

Although more than 33,000 non-routine vaccinations have been given across Wales during the outbreak, only just over 8,000 of those were in the 10 to 18 age group — the group hardest hit by the outbreak.

This still leaves almost 43,000 unvaccinated in that age group, and parents and young people are urged to act immediately.

Data released by Public Health Wales yesterday confirmed that the MMR vaccination had been more than 99 per cent effective in the current outbreak, with fewer than 10 confirmed cases in people who had previously been vaccinated.

The number of laboratory confirmed cases in the outbreak stands at 370 out of a total of 850 samples tested.

Dr Marion Lyons, Director of Health Protection for Public Health Wales, said: "The efforts to vaccinate susceptible young people and children across Wales have been excellent, with non-routine vaccinations being given in their thousands by GPs, in schools and in emergency drop-in clinics.

"This undoubtedly will have reduced the length and severity of the outbreak, but the number of unvaccinated people in the hardest hit age group remains a cause for concern.

"Our message is clear — the MMR vaccine is safe and it works, and there is no reason why children not vaccinated in the late 1990s because of fears about the safety of the vaccine should not be immunised now.

"While not enough 10-18 year olds in particular are vaccinated, this outbreak can easily spread anywhere in Wales. 

"Therefore we urge young people themselves and the parents of children to take up opportunities to receive the MMR vaccine as a matter of urgency.

"Vaccination sessions are continuing in schools throughout Wales and I urge pupils and their parents to take advantage of these.

"Those not vaccinated are highly likely to catch measles, which is highly contagious. It is just a matter of time before a child is left with serious and permanent complications such as eye disorders, deafness or brain damage, or dies."

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  • EwenM  |  May 03 2013, 6:15AM

    Of course, I'm waffling and you're not in the slightest ignoring the question I asked.

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  • PJL1967  |  May 02 2013, 10:13PM

    Paranoia is an unwarranted fear. You and me both know what happened previously, but its against the rules to discuss it so I'll say no more. And, seeing as you are waffling now I'll say goodnight.

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  • EwenM  |  May 02 2013, 10:07PM

    Yes, never assume it's a simple technical glitch when you can invoke a paranoid conspiracy, eh? And why do you discriminate between Public Health Wales' 'claim' and 'data'? If you're going to dispute the data from these sources then you might as well ignore all the data - notifications, confirmed cases, the lot.

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  • PJL1967  |  May 02 2013, 9:55PM

    Ah, they're back now! Winston Smith must of had a change of heart. lol

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  • PJL1967  |  May 02 2013, 9:47PM

    Ewen, not sure if you noticed yet but something has happened to this thread... Nice to see the Ministry of Truth hard at work... lol PS - there was no data in the press release, only a claim.

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  • EwenM  |  May 02 2013, 9:39PM

    "Where's the data?" Err, in the press release you quoted yourself, PJL. Well, technically when you said "either the data on confirmed cases either exists or it doesn't" that was redundant, and I don't think people are too fussed about the exact numbers but want to know if there's an outbreak, are the numbers increasing, if it shows any signs of abating, etc. Banging on about the difference between notifications and confirmed cases is just pedantic. Now I see you have the green arrows and I have the red. If I were as paranoid and as loose with my allegations as you are, PJL, I'd be blaming you. Recall that I asked the admins to look into the 17 reds you received the other day - now that was suspicious.

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  • PJL1967  |  May 02 2013, 9:12PM

    "...I see you've conceded the point about how very effective MMR is proving to be..." Proving? lol, more spin. Where's the data?

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  • PJL1967  |  May 02 2013, 9:06PM

    So, according to you, me saying either the data on confirmed cases either exists or it doesn't, and adding people should not given the false impression the outbreak is much larger than it is, is idiotic? lol

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  • EwenM  |  May 02 2013, 9:01PM

    About the delay in publishing data, a relevant comment is from Dr Marion Lyons, who said: "Data on confirmed measles cases and their immunisation history is continuing to be actively collected during the outbreak and so we cannot confirm the validity of the data until the end of the outbreak but initial results are pleasing." http://tinyurl.com/cxek6qh Bear in mind that not all cases are tested: "It should be noted that during the measles outbreaks in 2009 in Wales virolgical [sic] confirmation through laboratory testing was not undertaken for all clinically presumed measles cases." http://tinyurl.com/cq5blbp I see you've conceded the point about how very effective MMR is proving to be.

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  • EwenM  |  May 02 2013, 8:56PM

    Yes, PJL, it can't be other people who think your postings are idiotic, can it? You are so popular! Only one person in the world thinks you are talking rubbish! PS It wasn't me - but don't let that stop you jumping to conclusions with no evidence. Again.

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