Southend measles UPDATE

Southend Borough Council and Public Health England (PHE) have confirmed there are now three confirmed cases of measles and they are waiting on the results of a remaining five.

There are no new suspected cases.

They are continuing to trace people who may have been exposed to the measles virus by coming into contact with the three confirmed and five suspected cases. In the meantime, MMR jabs have been given to 50 clients, staff and service users of Project 49 who may have been exposed – a further 37 were found to already be immune.

Enquiries are ongoing regarding immunity for a further 62 cases.

All centres that have been closed this week have been advised by Southend Council to re-open from Monday, under guidance from Public Health England.

Project 49 will reopen with a limited programme and those unable to attend due to the current situation will be contacted directly.

The public information line will reopen on Monday morning at 8am. The number is 01702 837890.

You are not at risk of measles if you have already received the MMR jab or if you have not been exposed to someone who has the virus

Anyone born before 1970 is likely to be immune because you have probably been exposed to measles already.

A short video has also been produced which is available to view here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVWS1bKNAgU&feature=youtu.be

Mick Ferris

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