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Measles makes a comeback in Europe

 

ISSUE 3 JAN 2013

Measles is a dangerous and highly contagious disease that at its peak infected almost 800,000 people in Britain. The development of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine in 1988 stemmed the number of global cases, especially in developing countries, but the disease has now made a comeback in some European countries.
In England 667 cases of measles were reported in the second quarter of 2012 compared to 295 cases in the previous quarter. As of 3rd August 2012, 1450 suspected measles cases had been reported in England, mostly in Liverpool, in the areas of Knowsley and Sefton. With the number of cases rising schoolchildren are being urged to get vaccinated.
The popularity of the MMR vaccination dropped in 1990 when Andrew Wakefield published his controversial paper about the link between MMR vaccine and autism in “The Lancet”. Although his research was later found to be flawed and the paper was fully retracted and he was struck off the Medical Register in May 2010 many parents were persuaded by his arguments and did not grant consent for their children to be vaccinated. Measles is a minor infection whose symptom is usually confined to a mild rash and fever lasting several days. However one in 15 people may develop more serious symptoms, some of which could even lead to death. ..............
by Dr Laleh Lohrasbi
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