Public Health Wales has issued the following statement about the current measles outbreak:
"You may be aware that there is a very large outbreak of measles in Swansea
that is spreading across Wales.
The illness spreads very quickly through schools
if many of the pupils have not been protected by having two Measles, Mumps and
Rubella (MMR) vaccine injections.
We are likely to see cases of measles in North Wales and it is possible that
we will have a school outbreak soon, as MMR uptake is not high enough to stop
If your child/teenager has not had MMR vaccine/s or you think they might have
missed a vaccination you should contact your GP, health visitor or practice
nurse now to get them protected.
Children who are allergic to eggs can receive
the vaccine as normal. If your household or close family contains young babies,
pregnant women or family members with serious immune conditions who cannot have
the MMR vaccine, please make sure that all children and teenagers in the house
are fully vaccinated. This will help protect these vulnerable individuals.
Measles is highly infectious and is spread from person to person by coughs
and sneezes. Early symptoms include a high temperature, cough, cold and
conjunctivitis (painful, red eyes).
A red, blotchy rash appears 3 to 7 days
later which usually begins on the face and spreads down over the rest of the
body. The person is usually quite ill and often prefers to lie quietly in a
darkened room. Serious complications can occur.
Any child who develops symptoms of measles should not attend school for four
days after the start of the rash.
If your child is not fully protected please act now to protect them and those
around them. You can get more information on measles on the Public Health Wales
* For further information about measles or MMR please contact NHS Direct on
0845 46 47."