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Measles rate is higher than ever

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The number of measles cases in England and Wales increased by more than 30% last year – from 740 in 2006 to 971 in 2007 – the highest since records began in 1995.

The Health Protection Agency said most of the 2007 outbreaks were in travelling and religious communities, where vaccine uptake has historically been low.

Mary Ramsay, consultant epidemiologist at the HPA, said: ‘The only way to reduce the impact of such outbreaks is to ensure the uptake of the MMR vaccine increases, and that older children who have missed out come forward.’

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