MEASLES has seen a drastic increase in recorded cases in England, demonstrated by a 27.6% increase from 2018 to 2019.
Statistics published by Public Health England found that in the first quarter of 2018, of 1195 people tested 187 cases of measles were present. However, this has shown a sharp increase in the first quarter of 2019 with 756 cases out of 1788 people tested.
Following a measles outbreak in Southend, Essex, Dr Smita Kapadia of Public Health England has issued a statement about prevention of measles which states: “The best way to prevent measles is through vaccination.
“If you think you could have measles, it’s also really important to stay away from areas where you could come into contact with lots of other people.”
Measles is easily spread and potentially fatal to some, so those affected are asked to stay away from hospitals, care homes and settings with young children in them, as these areas have groups that can be more seriously affected.
Those who believe they have measles are advised to contact their GP or seek advice from NHS 111 service.