Volume 17, Issue 29, 19 July 2012
An ongoing large outbreak of measles in Merseyside, England, January to June 2012
by R Vivancos, A Keenan, S Farmer, J Atkinson, E Coffey, E Dardamissis, J Dillon, RJ Drew, M Fallon, R Huyton, R Jarvis, G Marsh, R Mason, T Shryane, A Stewart, S Ghebrehewet
From 1 January to 30 June 2012, 359 confirmed and 157 probable cases of measles were reported in Merseyside, England. The most affected age groups were children under five years and young adults from 15 years of age. Most cases have been sporadic. There have been few outbreaks in nurseries; however, no outbreaks have been reported in schools. Of the cases eligible for vaccination, only 3% of the confirmed cases were fully immunised.