Health experts are stating that Britain is facing the biggest outbreak of measles since the triple MMR vaccine was introduced nearly 20 years ago. Experts while explaining that the number of Measles cases in UK has risen to an alarmingly high level said that Surrey and Sussex probably have up to 156 cases and South Yorkshire may have about 180. It was explained that last year there were just 77 cases across England and Wales.
Parents were being warned to immunize their children against the disease, which had already taken the life of a 13-year-old boy earlier this year. The Health Protection Agency have said that the outbreaks in Surrey, Sussex and Yorkshire since January have run into hundreds, and that the national total of cases in England and Wales last year was only 77.
Health care specialists have been predicting an increase in the number of cases for some time as people have been putting off from having their children vaccinated with the triple measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine over fears it could bring on autism or bowel problems. Figures released by the department of health for 2004-05 shows that in Westminster, London, just 11.7% of children were immunized by their fifth birthday, while the average across England was 73.3%.
He further explained that they were actually not very surprised about the outbreak in this population as many were susceptible to the disease due to a low uptake of the MMR injection, and that measles is highly contagious.