A wave of panic has hit Bristol in south-west England with a 40-fold larger number of confirmed cases The measles this year since the month of May. A warning has been issued regarding the outbreak of large Measles and the parents have been warned to have their children vaccinated against the infection. Although there were only 2 confirmed cases of measles in Bristol in the same period last year, a huge number of 86 confirmed cases were reported in Bristol by Public Health England (PHE) and 20 other cases were investigated this year.
According to recent reports in the media, PHE has warned the parents to give their children two doses of the MMR vaccine that offer protection against mumps, measles and rubella. Experts say that prevention is better than cure and once infected with measles and untreated, the viral infection can be lifesaving and serious. Since January, about 14 people have been admitted to the southwest of the hospital after being hit with Measles, according to the press release. The same report emphasizes that several schools had to close last month because of a major outbreak of the viral infection and several confirmed measles cases in their classrooms.
The month of May and June were the hardest hit with respectively 27 and 26 confirmed measles in Bristol. July has seen 15 confirmed cases, followed by March with 9 of them and April with 7 such cases. According to experts, the MMR vaccine is given twice to children, once within a month of their first birthday and another after they have been completed for 3 years and 4 months.
Dominic Mellon, a consultant in the control of communicable diseases for public health England South West, reportedly said: "Unfortunately, we know that the school environment is a perfect place for infections to circulate and spread, so we ask the parents to MMR vaccine to be added to their back to school lists If your child catches measles, they will miss a few days at school in addition to being very unwell.
"We know that life can become crowded with children If you do not know, contact your doctor who can check your child's data If they have missed a dose, a catch-up vaccine can be easily controlled by contact your doctor, "he added.
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Published: August 21, 2018 09:36