Measles outbreak in England: Total cases reach 465

With 118 new cases confirmed by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), the total number of measles cases reported in England since 1 October 2023 has gone
up to 465.

According to the latest data published by the agency, West Midlands continues to see a disproportionately high rate of infections, with a sharp rise in case
numbers over the last six weeks, mainly driven by cases in Birmingham.

In England, there were 17 laboratory-confirmed measles cases in October, 42 in November, 161 in December, 240 in January 2024.

Five more cases were confirmed last week, according to the measles statistics updated by UKHSA on 8 February.

More than 70 per cent (329 of 465) of total confirmed cases were reported from the West Midlands, 13 per cent (62 of 465) from London, seven per cent (32 of 465)
in Yorkshire and The Humber, and the remaining cases from other regions of England.