Summer music and arts festivals as hot spots for measles transmission: experience from England and Wales June to October 2016.

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Euro Surveill. 2016 Nov 3;21(44). pii: 30390. doi: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2016.21.44.30390.

Summer music and arts festivals as hot spots for measles transmission: experience from England and Wales June to October 2016.

le Polain de Waroux O1 Saliba V2 Cottrell S3 Young N4 Perry M3 Bukasa A2 Ramsay M2 Brown K5 Amirthalingam G2.

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Abstract

We report 52 cases of measles linked to music and arts festivals in England and Wales between mid-June and mid-October 2016. Nearly half were aged 15 to 19 years. Several individuals who acquired measles at one festival subsequently attended another festival while infectious resulting in multiple interlinked outbreaks. Transmission within festivals resulted in a geographical spread of cases nationally as well as internationally which presents particular challenges for measles control.

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