PEOPLE are being urged to get immunised following a rise in cases of measles.
The North East Public Health England (PHE) Centre says there have been 214 confirmed cases and 220 suspected cases of the illness in the region since the beginning of September last year when the numbers started rising.
This is an increase of four confirmed and 24 suspected cases on the previous week, and sees five cases in Hartlepool and eight in County Durham.
Julia Waller, immunisation lead for the North East PHE Centre, said: “Measles is highly infectious and unvaccinated children and adults who haven’t had it before are at risk when it is circulating, as it is now in this region.
“There is no treatment for measles but it can be prevented by the MMR vaccine and two doses are required to ensure the best protection. If anyone is unsure about their immunisation status they should check with their GP. If you’ve missed out on MMR in the past it’s always possible to catch-up.”