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New measles cases sweep Cheshire and Merseyside

By on January 17, 2018

Public Health England are urging parents to immunise their children against measles as the virus spreads across the UK – including 36 cases in Cheshire, Liverpool and Greater Manchester.

Dr Mary Ramsey, the head of immunisation at Public Health England, has suggested that the outbreak has arrived from Europe as people travel to regions experiencing epidemics, including Germany, Italy and Romania.

She said:

“Children and young adults who missed out on their MMR vaccine in the past or are unsure if they had two doses should contact their GP practice to catch-up.”

Young children, adults over 20, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems are at high risk. Complcations after contracting measles are relatively commons and can range from diarrhea to pneumonia.

Complications after contracting measles are relatively common and can range from diarrhea to more serious things such as pneumonia.

The groups that are at high risk of complications are young children, adults over 20 years old, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems.

Seven to 10 days after being infected, the NHS say sufferers will likely develop these indicators:

  • A blocked nose
  • Sneezing
  • Swollen, red eyes that may be sensitive to light
  • A high temperature, which may reach around 40C
  • Small greyish-white spots in the mouth
  • Aches and pains
  • Cough
  • Loss of appetite tiredness
  • General lack of energy
  • Spots in the mouth
  • Rash

Just before the measles rash appears on the skin, many patients will develop small greyish-white spots in their mouth that last for a few days.

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