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Measles: Europe sees record number of cases and 37 deaths so far this year

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k3596 (Published 20 August 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3596

Re: Measles: Europe sees record number of cases and 37 deaths so far this year. May I add some more figures?

SURVEILLANCE RRPORT Monthly measles and rubella monitoring report, August 2018, ECDC
According to these tables (on page 3 of the document) Figure 2, Measles notification rate per million population by country - Measles. United Kingdom, 2018
Jan Feb Mar April May June

58 82 150 207 174 89 TOTAL FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS equals 263

However, for the period July 2017 to June 2018, the total notifications were 945.
And for the same period of twelve months, the total laboratory positive cases were 945

This implies that in our large country, our public health service managed to achieve 100% laboratory examinations of our 945 notified cases, and also that 100% of the clinical diagnoses were confirmed by the laboratory services.

I apologise to the NHS for ever having doubted its abilities.

Competing interests: No competing interests

11 September 2018
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit
Peterborough