PARENTS have been warned following an outbreak of a deadly disease in France as hundreds of thousands of Brits visit the country to watch the Rugby World Cup.
According to health authorities, between September 19 and 27, about 14 children were infected with measles and one was hospitalized.
According to the ARS Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, all registered infections came from a university in Ardèche, southern France.
New data shows more than one in ten children under five in the UK have missed the vital MMR vaccination, which protects against the pathogen.
The NHS data represents the lowest level of vaccine uptake in 12 years since 2010/11.
Experts say there is now the possibility of a major resurgence as cases begin to rise in the UK.
According to a media report, more than 600,000 international visitors are expected at the Rugby World Cup France and over 2.5 million tickets will be sold.
And over half of international visitors come from the UK.
Health officials say crowds of fans in and around stadiums increase the risk of spreading and bringing home highly contagious diseases like measles.
Measles is so contagious that a child who has it will infect up to nine out of ten children around them if they are not protected by a vaccination.
According to the World Health Organization, about 134,200 children die from the disease each year.
To prevent the error from spreading further, European Center for Disease Control We recommend that World Cub participants adhere to standard hygiene measures.
This includes washing your hands with soap and water or a disinfectant, using disposable tissues, avoiding contact with people who appear to be sick, and staying home or in your hotel room if you feel sick.
Last month, fans were also warned to be vigilant as a rare food-borne botulism poisoning outbreak broke out in one of the country’s key wine regions.
Meanwhile, tick-borne encephalitis was detected 71 times between 2021 and this year, French health authorities said.
What are the symptoms of measles?
Measles can start with cold symptoms:
- a high temperature
- a runny or stuffy nose
- a cough
- red, sore, watery eyes
A few days later, small white spots may also appear inside the cheeks and on the back of the lips.
A patchy red rash usually appears a few days after the cold-like symptoms. It starts on the face and behind the ears before spreading to the rest of the body.
The condition usually goes away within seven to ten days, but it can also lead to other serious complications.
Serious complications can occur, including miscarriages in pregnant women, brain swelling, and the risk of dying from pneumonia.
It is very unlikely that it is measles if you have received both doses of the MMR vaccine or have had measles before.
However, if you think you or your child may have measles, ask for an urgent GP appointment or get help from NHS 111.