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Measles outbreak should serve as a warning

Published tisdag 18 juni 2013 kl 16.31
Photo: Owen Humphreys / Scanpix

A measles outbreak in the southern region of Skåne is worrying and should serve as a warning, says state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell.

Fifteen cases of measles have been reported in Skåne so far this year, which is more than during the last four years.

Out of the group in Skåne, most are children, and all of them are unvaccinated.

To prevent measles from getting a hold in the country, 90 to 95 percent of the population need to be immune.

“This is the case in Sweden today, but measles is contagious and you don’t need many unvaccinated people for the disease to spread widely,” says Anders Tegnell.

False information about the vaccine being dangerous led to a drop in vaccinations for some time, which led to large measles epidemics in some countries, among them Great Britain, according to Tegnell.

“When there is no experience from the disease, people lose respect for it, “ he adds.

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