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Suspected Measles Case in Isle of Man 19 January 2012

There is a suspected case of measles in a teenager in Isle of Man. Investigations are ongoing and the close contacts of the case that are at particular risk of contracting the disease have been identified, contacted directly and advised of any individual action they need to take. We have also established that the infection is likely to have been acquired abroad as there have been several outbreaks in many European countries.

Measles is a virus infection, which is highly infectious to someone who is not protected against it – protection is by immunisation or someone confirmed as having had the natural disease.

MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) immunisation provides very good protection again Measles.

Advice to the general public:

1. Measles is NOT a trivial childhood infection. It can cause serious complications such as pneumonia, encephalitis (infection of the brain), middle ear infection etc. Adults who develop measles are more prone to complications.

2. All individuals aged under 40 years, need to check their immunisation history. If you have not received the measles vaccine, please make an appointment with your practice nurse to receive two doses of MMR.

3. There have been major outbreaks of measles in many European countries. Recent arrivals from European countries to the Isle of Man need to ensure that they are registered with a local GP to obtain health care and ensure that all members of their family are fully immunised.

4. All parents need to ensure that their children are fully immunised as recommended by their GP.

5. If you or any member of your family develop symptoms of measles (fever, skin rash), please seek advice from your GP or MED’s by phone initially. Please do not attend A & E, GP surgery or MED’s unless instructed to do so.

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