Health chiefs are investigating an outbreak of
measles in the Rugby area with seven people seeking treatment in
While Warwickshire normally only has about two
cases a year, there has been an upsurge in the east of county – not
matched in any other part of Warwickshire.
Debra Khan, public health infection control
“It is quite a nasty viral infection and can
lead to other infections. There can be serious complications, and
could lead to brain injury.
“It is usually linked to an area where there
are local objections to the injections - some people decline the
treatment because of fears of side effects.
“It can spread quickly in an area where a
large number of people are not immunised.”
She explained that people with worries should see
their GPs who are encouraging people to have the vaccination.
Adults have also been hit in the latest outbreak,
and they can be seriously affected by measles.
For reasons of patient confidentially, the ages
and locations of people affected are not being released.
But the health authority said the seven people
affected are from various locations around the borough and not related
to each other.
There have been recent outbreaks in Holland, but
there is no obvious reason why Rugby should have had such a problem.
Generally children are given injections about the
ages of one and four. But anyone can be treated.
The signs to watch out for are that children will
be irritable, with a runny nose, conjunctivitis, heavy cough, a high
temperature and a rash.