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Measles total low despite national rise

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: June 03, 2011

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THE number of measles cases in the county is the same as last year, despite the country overall experiencing an increase.

There have been fewer than five cases of the disease in Gloucestershire since January.

Last year, there were fewer than five in the whole 12 months.

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According to reports, measles is most common in people under 25 and causes flu-like symptoms, accompanied by a red rash.

Measles is passed on through direct contact with someone who is infected – for example, by touching or kissing them.

The MMR vaccine protects against the potentially lethal infection.

Between 2009 and 2010, 83.8 per cent of children received two doses of the vaccine by the time they were five years old.

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