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Swansea measles outbreak is showing no signs of slowing — GP

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: March 30, 2013

By Helen Keates

  • Extra stocks of the MMR vaccine are being delivered to fight a measles outbreak in Swansea

  • medics' advice Parents are being urged to get their children vaccinated against measles.

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EXTRA stocks of the MMR vaccine have been delivered to help fight the measles outbreak in Swansea — which is showing no signs of slowing down.

GP Charlotte Jones said demand for the jab had risen and the central reserve had been stocked up.

She also urged people who are concerned they might have the symptoms of the virus to call the GP out-of-hours service over Easter.

"There are well over 400 cases now, with 90 new ones at the start of the week — although that figure looks to be more like 100 now," Dr Jones said. "More than 50 people are in hospital. Thankfully we have not had any deaths as yet, but there are a number of very unwell children.

"The outbreak is showing no signs of slowing down and we are still concerned, even though the schools have broken up.

"People travel over Easter, but there's an incubation and if parents are taking their children away over the holidays there are fears it could spread and children could be unwell while they are away.

"We are still urging parents to get their children vaccinated. GP surgeries have stocks and the central store has had an extra delivery. There are also stocks of a medicine called immunoglobulin which can be given to pregnant women and babies under six months.

"If anyone does have symptoms over the Easter holidays they should call the out-of-hours service to speak to a doctor. If they need to be seen they will be put in an isolation room or away from other patients."

Earlier this week it was confirmed that there were 432 cases across the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board area — that includes Swansea and Neath Port Talbot. There have also been confirmed cases in Carmarthenshire.

"It's important everybody gets vaccinated — there are so many awful consequences (of measles) and we are making people aware as much as we can," Dr Jones added.

"We do not want to get to a place where we are informing the Evening Post about a death.

"If anyone is concerned about the injection, they should speak to a health care professional."

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