There are two new confirmed cases of measles in an outbreak affecting the Newport and Torfaen areas, bringing the total number to 12.


Among the new cases are people who visited healthcare settings while they were infectious, prompting Public Health Wales to again warn that people with measles symptoms should not go into public waiting rooms.

Public Health Wales has written to people who may have been exposed to measles while in these areas, to advise them of the risk.

The Gwent area outbreak has been caused by the same strain of measles that has affected more than 14,000 people across Europe this year and which has killed 35 people.

Children with measles symptoms – which include a high temperature, cough, runny nose, red eyes (conjunctivitis), and a distinctive red rash – should be kept home from school, nurseries and social events such as holiday clubs and birthday parties.

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Public Health Wales is also urging parents not to take children who appear to have symptoms of measles to the GP surgery, A&E department or hospital where they could put other people at risk without calling ahead first.

Parents who suspect their child has measles should contact their GP or NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47 for an assessment.  They should alert their health care providers of the symptoms before attending any appointment.