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MMR, measles, and the South Wales Evening Post

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2598 (Published 22 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2598

Re: MMR, measles, and the South Wales Evening Post

Dr Anand raises some important questions and in fact the official figures are available until the end of March. It is therefore disturbing to discover that in Swansea the supposed centre of the outbreak there was only 1 confirmed case of measles for the entire month of March, down from 3 in February (2013 - Reports of Measles virus by LHB/LA of residence by month (table 2 of 2) [1] while notifications were up from 59 to 183 (2013 - Notifications of Measles by LHB/LA of residence by month (table 2 of 2) [2] Meanwhile, the This is Wales website which is associated with the South Wales Evening Post recorded on Wednesday 27 March 'Health chiefs say 432 cases had been reported as of Monday this week — up from just over 20 on March 4'[3].

I think there is some explaining to do. It would obviously be very worrying if people were being told they had measles when it was in fact some lesser illness.

[1] http://www2.nphs.wales.nhs.uk:8080/CommunitySurveillanceDocs.nsf/3dc0466...$FILE/monthly%20lab%20201303.pdf


[3] http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/Potentially-fatal-measles-Swansea-need...

Competing interests: Autistic son

04 May 2013
John Stone
UK Editor
London N22