June 21, 2008
Measles Now Reported Endemic in Britain
Public health officials in Britain warn that a decline in vaccinations has made measles endemic in the country once again.
A total of 95 cases of measles were reported in May in London, The Independent said. There were 35 elsewhere in England and Wales.
A teenager from West Yorkshire became the first person in the country to die of measles in two years after eight years of no deaths. The HPA also warned hospitals to make sure that doctors, nurses and other medical staff are immune to the disease after a doctor contracted measles.
Measles killed about 500 children in Britain every year before the vaccine was developed. The disease is caused by a virus.