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England: Measles outbreak nears 100 cases

In an update on the measles outbreak in England, country health officials now put the outbreak total to 99 in several cities.

As of 19 December, there have been 34 confirmed cases in West Yorkshire, 28 confirmed cases in Cheshire and Liverpool, 22 confirmed cases in the West Midlands, 11 confirmed cases in Surrey and 4 confirmed cases in Greater Manchester.

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Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and sometimes lead to serious complications. The measles virus is contained in the millions of tiny droplets that come out of the nose and mouth when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

The initial symptoms of measles develop around 10 days after you’re infected.

These can include:

A few days later, a red-brown blotchy rash will appear. This usually starts on the head or upper neck, before spreading outwards to the rest of the body.

Measles can be unpleasant, but will usually pass in about 7 to 10 days without causing any further problems.

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Once you’ve had measles, your body builds up resistance (immunity) to the virus and it’s highly unlikely you’ll get it again.

However, measles can lead to serious and potentially life-threatening complications in some people. These include infections of the lungs (pneumonia) and brain (encephalitis).

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