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Measles cases in Southend-on-Sea

Published Friday, 4th October 2019

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Update from Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Public Health England (PHE).

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Public Health England (PHE) have confirmed:

  • We now have three confirmed cases of measles
  • We are still waiting on results for the remaining five
  • We have no new suspected cases
  • We are continuing to trace people who may have been exposed to the measles virus by coming into contact with the three confirmed and five suspected cases
  • We have given MMR jabs to 50 clients, staff and service users of Project 49 who may have been exposed – a further 37 were found to already be immune. We are still making enquiries in regards to immunity for a further 62 cases
  • 64 people have called Southend’s public information line

All centres that have been closed this week have been advised by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to re-open from Monday, under guidance from Public Health England.

Project 49 will reopen with a limited programme and those unable to attend due to the current situation will be contacted directly.

The public information line opened yesterday has taken 64 calls and will reopen on Monday morning at 8am. The number is 01702 837890.

The Council would like to thank the Southend CCG and EPUT for supporting the co-ordination and vaccination programme.

A reminder that you are not at risk of measles if you:

  • Have already received the MMR jab
  • You have not been exposed to someone who has the virus

If you were born before 1970, you are also likely to be immune because you have probably been exposed to measles already.

Useful links and advice for public reference:

NHS measles page:

NHS measles outbreak advice

MMR vaccine information