Sister Perviz Asaria, a volunteer for the Health Improvement Board of CoEJ, along wih colleague Eithne MacMahon have written an article which has been published in the internationally renowned British Medical Journal
entitled: Measles in the United Kingdom: can we eradicate it by 2010?
Measles has reappeared in the United Kingdom, with 449 confirmed cases to the end of May 2006 compared with 77 in 2005, and the first death since 1992.1 2 Cases are occurring in inadequately vaccinated children and in young adults, leading to concerns that endemic measles could re-emerge. But, as with smallpox, measles could be eradicated. It has been eliminated in the Americas since 2002. The World Health Organization has set 2010 as the target for elimination in the European region, where 29 000 cases were reported in 2004.3 Much ground will have to be regained in the United Kingdom if the 2010 target is to be met.
We review the uptake of the combined measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine in the United Kingdom and Europe, and identify susceptible groups. As clinical experience of measles has declined, doctors in the United Kingdom may not consider the diagnosis
nor recognise a case. We also therefore consider the diagnosis, management, and control of measles infection.