Sussex measles cases still on the rise

The number of measles cases in Sussex County, United Kingdom continues to rise, with more than 300 infections reported in 2012.

The outbreak of measles is the highest in the country after Merseyside. The Brighton and Hove area has been hit the hardest and clinics are being held to increase the vaccination rate with the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, the Argus reports.

"We are seeing a significant increase in the number of measles cases in Sussex," Angela Iversen, the director at the Health Protection Agency's Sussex and Surrey unit, said, according to the Argus. "We really would urge parents to make sure their children are protected by contacting their GP surgery and asking for the MMR vaccine, if they haven't already done so. The more children who have the jabs - you need two to be fully immunized - the better the protection, not just for them but for the whole community."

There have been 304 cases reported throughout the county in 2012, compared with 173 cases in all of 2011. There have been 180 cases in Brighton and Hove in 2012, compared with 65 cases during 2011. So far this year, East Sussex has experienced 86 cases and West Sussex has experienced 38 cases.

The most common complications of measles are diarrhea, pneumonia, ear infections and dehydration. More severe complications include encephalitis and convulsions.