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Measles warning for the borough

SOLIHULL NHS Care Trust has warned that the number of borough people being diagnosed with measles is likely to rise.

SOLIHULL NHS Care Trust has warned that the number of borough people being diagnosed with measles is likely to rise.

Figures show that there have been four reported cases of the illness in Solihull since the start of 2009. While this may sound a small figure, it is more than were diagnosed across the West Midlands in the whole of 2005.

In one instance, measles affected three members of the same family. Because none of them had been immunised, the illness was able to spread quickly between the individuals. In response to the rise in cases, the care trust is calling on parents to contact their GP and make sure their children innoculated against the virus.

In recent years, the number of youngsters having the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) jab has begun to rise. But some mums and dads remain reluctant about the vaccine - which had previously been linked with autism.

Speaking about the recent cluster of cases, Dr Alan Stanton, consultant community paediatrician for the care trust, said: “The number is small but that is a big change and from what we know about susceptibility it is an indication that there are more cases to come.”

 

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