Swansea Valley pupils vaccinated against measles following confirmed cases
STAFF and pupils in a Swansea Valley school have been vaccinated following several new cases of measles.
This week three cases of the illness were associated with Cwmtawe School, Pontardawe, one of which has been confirmed by laboratory scientists.
Of 1,260 pupils at the school, 62 are recorded as having received no doses of the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine and 142 have received only one dose.
Further up the valley two probable cases were identified in children in Ysgol y Cribarth, Abercrave.
It was later confirmed that these case were connected to those at Cwmtawe.
Public Health Wales has written to all parents of unvaccinated children in the schools to urge them to arrange for their children to be vaccinated.
Yesterday some 200 Cwmtawe pupils were vaccinated, while similar arrangements were put in place for the much smaller number of unvaccinated children at Ysgol y Cribarth.
Paul Rogers, Acting Deputy Head of Cwmtawe Community School said: “We’ve had a very positive response for the clinic today. We informed parents via social media, school website and also through letters and those we knew hadn’t been vaccinated were sent an individual letter.
“The take up has been very positive and I am confident that working with the health agencies involved, the local authority and support of the parents that this clinic will have an impact.”
Dr Jorg Hoffmann, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health Wales, said: “This cluster of measles cases comes only three months after the end of Wales’s biggest ever measles outbreak, which was centred on the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg health board area, so we are obviously concerned and want to act quickly.”
A measles outbreak started in the Swansea area last winter and spread to Mid Wales.
By the time it was over in July, it had resulted in 1,219 cases in the ABMU, Hywel Dda and Powys health board areas. Nearly 90 people went to hospital during the outbreak, more than 75,000 people were vaccinated, and there was one measles-related death.
The symptoms of measles include a fever, fatigue, runny nose, conjunctivitis and a distinctive red rash.
Anyone who thinks they or their child has the symptoms of measles should contact their GP or NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47.