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Measles epidemic: 2015 eradication target under threat

As the measles epidemic passes 500 cases in the Swansea area, European health officials are warning that a deadline to eradicate the disease by 2015 is likely to be missed.

According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the UK has the second highest number of measles cases after Romania, according to data to the end of December.

Dr Roland Salmon from Public Health Wales told Bethan Rhys Roberts on BBC Radio Wales that having the MMR vaccine is the only way to halt the spread of the illness.