Measles outbreak

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A SEVERE measles outbreak has gripped Wigan, health chiefs have said.

More than 50 cases of the disease have been confirmed since the start of 2013, overtaking the 38 cases for the whole of 2012.

No other area of Greater Manchester has reached double figures, highlighting the severity of the outbreak in the borough.

Prof Martyn Regan, of Greater Manchester’s Public Health authority, said: “Measles is a potentially fatal but entirely preventable disease so it is very disappointing that cases have recently increased in the GM area.”

A national catch-up programme to increase MMR vaccination uptake in children and teenagers has been announced today by health chiefs.

This follows an outbreak in South Wales where a 25-year-old man died from the disease.