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About our Measles news

Latest news on measles, providing comprehensive coverage of outbreaks, vaccination campaigns, symptoms, prevention, and the importance of the MMR vaccine in protecting against this highly contagious viral disease.

Measles is a serious and highly infectious respiratory disease caused by the measles virus. It can lead to severe complications, particularly in young children, and is one of the leading causes of vaccine-preventable deaths worldwide. In 2018, there were over 140,000 measles deaths globally, mostly among children under the age of five.

Recent years have seen a resurgence of measles cases in many countries, including the UK, due to a decline in vaccination rates. Outbreaks have been reported in various parts of the world, with health authorities working to contain the spread of the disease through increased vaccination efforts and public awareness campaigns. The World Health Organization (WHO) and other leading health bodies continue to emphasise the importance of maintaining high levels of immunisation to prevent measles outbreaks.

Measles is characterised by symptoms such as high fever, cough, runny nose, red and watery eyes, and a distinctive red rash that appears a few days after the initial symptoms. The disease can lead to serious complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis (brain inflammation), and even death. Measles can be prevented through the safe and effective MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine, which is typically given in two doses during childhood.

The history of measles dates back centuries, with the disease being described in ancient medical texts. In 1963, the measles vaccine was developed, leading to a significant reduction in cases and deaths. However, the fight against measles is ongoing, with health organisations worldwide working to improve vaccination coverage and counter misinformation about vaccine safety.

Staying informed about measles is crucial for protecting yourself, your family, and your community. Our NewsNow feed provides up-to-date coverage of measles outbreaks, vaccination campaigns, and expert advice from reliable sources such as the WHO, NHS, and CDC. By keeping abreast of the latest developments and ensuring you and your loved ones are properly vaccinated, you can help prevent the spread of this dangerous disease.

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