Glasgow & West Scotland

Advice over Ayrshire measles cluster

MMR jab
Image caption Parents have been advised to ensure their children have received the MMR jab

Parents in Ayrshire are being advised to make sure their children have been vaccinated against measles after a small cluster of cases was confirmed.

NHS Ayrshire and Arran said five cases had been identified in the area in the last three weeks.

The health board said all the cases were linked but there was no connection to outbreaks in Wales and England.

Uptake of the MMR vaccine is generally high, but the health board said non-vaccinated children were still at risk.

Dr Carol Davidson, executive director of public health, said: "It is extremely important that if anyone develops symptoms, they should telephone their GP or NHS 24 in the first instance.

"They should not risk spreading the infection by going in person to accident and emergency or their GP practice."

Across Scotland, six more cases of measles have been confirmed in the past week, according to NHS scientists.

Health Protection Scotland said there had now been a total of 26 confirmed cases and five probable cases this year.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites