Updated: confirmed measles cases in Lothian


Thursday 17 November
The latest report shows that there has been one new confirmed case of measles, which raises the total to 18 cases.

Wednesday 9 November 
We will now only be updating this website with confirmed cases of measles when/if they arise.
 
Tuesday 8 November 
There have been no further confirmed cases of measles. The total number of confirmed cases remains at 17.
 
Monday 7 November 
There have been no further confirmed cases of measles. The total number of confirmed cases remains at 17.
 
Friday 4 November
A previously suspected case has now been retrospectively confirmed as measles. The total number of confirmed cases is now 17.
 
There have been no newly confirmed cases of measles since the 24 October 2016.
 
Thursday 3 November
There have been no further confirmed cases of measles. The total number of confirmed cases remains at 16.
 
Wednesday 2 November
There have been no further confirmed cases of measles. The total number of confirmed cases remains at 16.
 
Tuesday 1 November
 
There have been no further confirmed cases of measles. The total number of confirmed cases remains at 16.
 
Monday 31 October
 
There have been no further confirmed cases of measles. The total number of confirmed cases remains at 16.
 
Friday 28 October
There have been no further confirmed cases of measles. The total number of cases remains at 16.
 
The next update will be on Monday 31 October.
 
Thursday 27 October
There have been no further confirmed cases of measles and the total number of cases remains at 16.
 
Wednesday 26 October
There have been no further confirmed cases of measles and the total number of cases remains at 16.
 
Tuesday 25 October
There have been no further confirmed cases of measles. The total number of cases remains at 16.
 
Monday 24 October
The latest report shows that there has been one new confirmed case of measles, which raises the total to 16 cases.
 
Friday 21 October
There has been one new confirmed case of measles, which raises the total number of cases to 15.
 
The next update will be on Monday 24 October.
 
Thursday 20 October
The latest report shows that there has been one new confirmed case of measles, which brings the total number of cases up to 14.
 
Wednesday 19 October
There have been no further confirmed cases of measles, and the total number of cases remains at 13.
 
Tuesday 18 October
The latest report on the current outbreak of measles in Lothian shows there are four further confirmed cases of measles. The total number of cases confirmed with measles is now 13. These four new cases are closely linked, were already known to the healthcare staff as contacts of existing, confirmed cases and appropriate measles containment measures have been applied.
 
Monday 17 October
There have been no further confirmed cases of measles, and the total number of cases remains at nine.
 
Friday 14 October
 
The latest report on the current outbreak of measles in Lothian shows there have been no further confirmed cases of measles. The total number of cases confirmed with measles remains at nine.
 
The next update will be published on this website on Monday 17 October.
  
Thursday 13 October
 
The latest report on the current outbreak of measles in Lothian shows there have been no further confirmed cases of measles. The total number of cases confirmed with measles remains at nine.
 
Wednesday 12 October
 
The latest report on the current measles outbreak in Lothian shows one more confirmed case. The total number of cases confirmed with measles as part of the current outbreak is now nine, up from eight yesterday.

Dr Duncan McCormick, Chair of the Incident Management Team and Consultant in Public Health Medicine, NHS Lothian, said: “We are getting in touch with people who have been in contact with the confirmed cases and are setting up clinics for those requiring an MMR vaccine. Measles symptoms can take one to two weeks to develop and include fever and rash, plus runny nose, cough and conjunctivitis. Anyone who develops signs of the illness should limit their contact with other people, and call their GP first or NHS24 on 111 if out of hours.”
 
NHS Lothian has high rates of uptake for the MMR vaccine but it is crucial that people have two doses. Children may have missed out on one or two doses of MMR vaccine when they were younger, and we would ask parents to consider getting their child or children immunised with MMR.
 
 
Tuesday 11 October - Confirmed measles cases in Lothian
 
Eight cases of measles have been confirmed in the Edinburgh area in the last two weeks and NHS Lothian is encouraging people to ensure that they are fully immunised against the virus. 

The majority of these cases have links to the University of Edinburgh. NHS Lothian is getting in touch with people who have been in contact with the confirmed cases and is setting up clinics for those requiring an MMR vaccine.

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness and anyone who has not been vaccinated is at risk of infection. People with a higher risk of complications include those who are immunosuppressed, pregnant women and young children.

The MMR vaccine is routinely given to children aged 12 to 15 months with a booster given between three and five years of age.

Measles symptoms can take up to two weeks to develop and include runny nose, cough, conjunctivitis and fever followed by a rash. Anyone who develops signs of the illness should limit their contact with other people, and call their GP by phone in the first instance (or NHS24 on 111 if out of hours).

Professor Alison McCallum, Director of Public Health and Health Policy, NHS Lothian, said: “It is crucial that people have two doses of the MMR vaccine. Children and young people may have missed out on one or two doses when they were younger and we would urge parents to get their child or children immunised with MMR. We would also encourage young people who have missed out on MMR previously to get themselves immunised.”
 
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Notes to Editors
• Further information about measles and the MMR vaccine is available at: http://www.immunisationscotland.org.uk/vaccines-and-diseases/mmr.aspx or at NHS Inform; http://www.nhsinform.co.uk/health-library/articles/m/measles/introduction/

• Symptoms of measles include fever, tiredness, runny nose, conjunctivitis, cough and a red blotchy rash which starts at the head and spreads over the chest and arms and legs. The rash generally lasts four to seven days.

• Measles is an unpleasant illness and there can be serious complications for some people who are infected. People with a higher risk of serious complications include those who are immunosuppressed, pregnant women and young children.

• Vaccination is the most effective way to protect people against measles infection. Two doses of the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine are required for effective immunity. The first dose of the vaccine is routinely given to children aged 12 to 13 months. The second dose is normally given before school entry. However MMR vaccine can be given to individuals of any age. In all the recent Lothian cases, the individuals had not completed the full course of measles vaccine.

• Childhood Immunisation Uptake for NHS Lothian: 1st of April to 30th of June 2016: First MMR in children 24 months is 95.3%. First MMR uptake in children at 5 years is 97.6%. Second MMR uptake at age 5 years is 91.5% and by age 6 it is 94.9%.
 
 
 

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In the following video, Dr Duncan McCormick advises on what to do if you think you have the measles, and who is most at risk.

Measles advice - Dr Duncan McCormick from NHS Lothian on Vimeo.

31/10/2016