Measles cases have soared in Swansea above 300 cases
PARENTS are being urged to ensure their children have the MMR jab after measles cases soared beyond the 300 mark in Swansea.
A total of 316 cases of the highly contagious virus have been reported in the city — with 64 new cases reported in the last week alone.
Measles has now spread to youngsters in 111 secondary and primary schools, nurseries and playgroups.
It means children who didn't have the jab are at an increased risk of coming into contact with those already infected.
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So far, 42 people have already been hospitalised through the disease, which can leave a child with serious complications, including eye disorders, deafness or brain damage, and could even lead to death.
Most cases have been reported in the Swansea area but they have also been cases across the Mid and West Wales region.
Dr Marion Lyons, director of health protection for Public Health Wales, said: "We cannot emphasise enough that measles is an illness that can kill, or leave people with permanent complications including severe brain damage."