Thursday, 18 January 2018

Measles outbreak in Solihull prompts health warning

SOLIHULL residents are being reminded to check they have had two doses of the MMR vaccine following confirmation of seven cases of measles in the borough.
The local outbreak follows a spate of cases around the UK; it was reported this week that more than 120 people had developed the illness across five areas of England.
Public Health England (PHE) West Midlands has confirmed it is working alongside Solihull Council and local health agencies to impress the importance of getting the vaccination.
Dr Bharat Sibal, from PHE, said: "Those affected in Solihull are all recovering but it’s important to be aware that measles can be a very serious illness and lead to severe complications, especially in people who are particularly vulnerable or have other health conditions.
"Measles is a highly infectious viral illness. If you think you could have measles, it is really important to stay away from areas where you could come into contact with lots of other people – especially vulnerable patients in hospitals, care homes or other settings."
Measles symptoms include a high fever, red watery eyes, coughing, aches and a blotchy red-brown rash.
Anyone with concerns should call their GP or NHS 111 for advice. They should not attend their doctor's surgery or an A&E department to minimise the risk of infecting others.

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