Measles Alert after holidaymakers catch virus

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A health alert has been issues by PHE (Public Health England) after holidaymakers returning from Europe presented in increase in cases of the Measles virus.

PHE have advised the public to be vigilant and to protect themselves from the virus after an outbreak of more than 250 cases since the start of this year. Last year 243 cases were reported. Health experts have raised concerns that the virus could be making its way here from continental Europe where there has been an outbreak of the virus. 

Measles starts with similar symptoms to the common cold, fever, and red, sensitive eyes. It can be spread from the droplets of infected sneezes or coughs. Complications can include deafness, blindness, and brain damage. 

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Grahame White