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Measles outbreak hits northeast England

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f662 (Published 31 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f662
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Northeast England has seen a serious outbreak of measles, with more than 100 confirmed or suspected cases and 29 patients needing hospital treatment.

The Health Protection Agency said that there had been 56 confirmed cases in the region and a further 49 suspected cases since the beginning of September last year. This compares with a total of 18 confirmed cases in 2011 and 11 cases in 2010.

Most of the cases are in unvaccinated schoolchildren and young adults, and immunisation officials are urging parents to ensure …

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