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Doctors call for better management of suspected measles cases

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 19 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1127
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

With measles at its highest level in England and Wales for 18 years, a group of public health doctors are calling for more rigorous isolation of people with suspected measles in the waiting rooms of general practices and hospitals and for trusts to ensure that all staff members have received the MMR (mumps, measles, and rubella) vaccination.

There were 2016 confirmed cases of measles in England and Wales during 2012, the highest annual total since 1994. In northwest England 918 cases of measles have been confirmed since January 2012, with an ongoing outbreak in the Morecambe Bay area of Lancashire. Last month a measles outbreak was …

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