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Measles Outbreak Confirmed in Gwent

We are working with Public Health Wales to investigate two further cases of measles which have been confirmed in the Gwent area, bringing the overall total to four cases. 

All four cases are linked through attendance at a healthcare setting on 21 March, and therefore an outbreak has been declared. 

As part of routine contact tracing for the most recent case, parents or guardians of children who attended our Children’s Emergency Assessment Unit (CEAU) at the Grange Hospital in Cwmbran over the Easter weekend will be contacted by text message to inform them they may be contacts of a measles case. 

Parents who do not receive a text message do not need to take any action, and do not need to be concerned.


Know the symptoms

We urge people to be aware of early Measles symptoms which include:

  • a high temperature
  • cough
  • runny nose
  • conjunctivitis (painful, red eyes)
  • and sometimes small white spots on the inside of the mouth

A blotchy rash appears usually 3 to 4 days later. The rash may start on the face or neck, then spread over the rest of the body. The rash looks brown or red on light skin tones but may be harder to see on darker skin.

If you suspect your child may have Measles please remain home and call your GP for an urgent appointment or call 111.



Checking your MMR vaccination status and booking a vaccine appointment 

Anyone who hasn’t had their MMR vaccine can book an appointment or check their MMR vaccination status by calling 0300 303 1373.  Find out more information about Measles and MMR Vaccinations.


For the Public Health Wales Statement please visit: Measles Outbreak confirmed in Gwent - Public Health Wales (