UK – England sees “steep rise” in measles cases

Public Health England is urging the public to ensure they have had two doses of MMR vaccine after outbreaks of measles are confirmed across England.

Between January 1 and October 31 this year there were 913 laboratory-confirmed measles cases in England, marking a “steep rise” from the 259 reported in 2017.

The rise is because of outbreaks linked to importations from Europe that have led to some limited spread in the community, particularly teenagers and young adults who missed out on their MMR vaccine when they were younger, officials said.

“We will continue to see measles cases in unvaccinated individuals and are monitoring the situation carefully. People who have not had two doses of the MMR vaccine are particularly at risk,” commented Dr Mary Ramsay, head of Immunisation at PHE…