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Increase of measles in the West Midlands
PARENTS are carers are being encouraged to make sure their children are fully immunised as cases of measles continue to increase across the region.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) report that 32 new cases were reported across the West Midlands during the first six months of this year as opposed to 40 for the whole of 2011.
There has also been a national rise in cases of measles and mumps, which have been linked to children and young people not being fully immunised.
“It’s extremely concerning that measles cases are continuing to rise, especially after we had seen a marked decrease in 2010,” said Dr Obaghe Edeghere, HPA West Midlands regional
“Measles can be a very serious infection and parents should understand the risks associated with the infection, which in severe cases can result in death.
“Although uptake of the MMR has improved in recent years, it is still low to provide enough people with the protection necessary to stop larger outbreaks among unvaccinated individuals.”
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