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18 Apr 2013

Swansea measles cases exceed 800 (The Guardian, April 18 2013)

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Swansea measles cases exceed 800

‎18 April ‎2013 | James Meikle

Further 43 measles cases reported to Public Health Wales in two days as vaccination drive begins in Swansea schools - The number of measles cases in the outbreak centred on Swansea has passed 800 with an extra 43 cases being reported to Public Health Wales in two days. - Vaccinations in secondary schools in the area started on Wednesday, as health officials targeted 10- to 18-year-olds who did not get jabs when they were infants. - Children and young adults have been badly affected in the outbreak. Catch-up clinics have also been organised again at hospitals in Swansea, Bridgend and Neath this Saturday in an attempt to bring the outbreak under control. A total of 808 cases – of whom 77 have needed hospital treatment – have been reported. Most have been in the area covered by the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University health board but there have also been 70 in Powys.