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Outbreaks among travellers linked to almost twofold rise in measles cases

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 28 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5797
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Almost twice as many measles cases were reported in England and Wales for the first six months of 2012 as during the same period last year, and outbreaks among travelling communities are partly responsible, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) says.

There have been 964 confirmed cases of measles reported to the HPA in the first six months of 2012, which is almost twice that reported during the same period in 2011 (494 cases).

The measles cases identified so far this year have been associated with ongoing outbreaks in Merseyside and Sussex, as well as …

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