Wales - Public Health officials are concerned at the high
number of 10-18-year-olds who remain unvaccinated against measles across Wales.
Vaccination coverage is particularly poor in the Gwent area where more than 10
000 young people are not fully immunised.
The outbreak is ongoing with 22 new cases reported in the worst affected area
of Swansea since 2 May 2013, and 32 cases reported in other parts of Wales. A
total of 1061 cases have been reported in the Swansea area since the beginning
of November 2012.
Pembrokeshire in the southwest of Wales has reported 7 new measles cases in
the Hywel Dda area in the last 6 days, bringing the total number of cases in the
area to 81 in 2013.
Of particular concern is the upcoming event, the Urdd National
Eisteddfod taking place in Boncath, Pembrokeshire between 27
May - 1 June (2013). This event is one of the largest youth festivals
to be held in Europe and normally attracts around 100 000 visitors.
Anyone intending to visit this event should ensure that they are fully
protected against measles in order to avoid infection and prevent ongoing
transmission of measles virus.
England - Shropshire in the West Midlands of England and
bordering Mid Wales has reported 41 cases of measles, as of 2 May 2013. More
than half of the cases are reported in Oswestry.
Scotland - Two small clusters of measles have been reported
in Scotland, the first in Ayrshire on the southwest coast and the other in Fife
on the east coast. Neither of these clusters are associated with the outbreak in
Wales. A total of 66 notifications of measles have been recorded in Scotland as a whole in 2013,
this compares with 25 during the same time period of 2012.
Advice for Travellers
It should be confirmed that children have received their recommended doses of
MMR at 12-15 months of age and again pre-school around 3 years 6 months, while
unimmunised adults who have not had the disease themselves may consider
vaccination if thought to be at risk. Two doses of MMR vaccine are required to
give adequate protection.