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Another rise in local measles cases

Created on 17/04/2013 @ 11:08


Montgomeryshire’s measles count continues to rise with 41 one cases reported in March and more diagnosed since the turn of the month.

Over 700 people across Wales, mainly children in South Wales, have contracted the highly contagious disease with health officials countering with a mass immunisation.

The Welsh Government and health officials have stated that the only way to combat the epidemic is through vaccination, and have renewed their call for those who have not had the MMR vaccination to do so.

Last night, Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies joined the calls for parents to take immediate action. 

“Whilst the outbreak has mostly affected children in the Swansea area, there have been a growing number of confirmed cases in Montgomeryshire since the beginning of March,” said Mr Davies. “The Latest Health Board figures show that the number of unvaccinated children in Powys is higher than the national average in Wales, particularly for 7-11 year olds.

“It is vitally important that those people, especially children, who have not yet received the MMR vaccination, do so, in order to combat the outbreak as quickly and as effectively as possible.”

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