A global measles crisis caused more than 140,000 deaths last year, with most of them children under the age of five, figures suggest.
Samoa’s government said on Monday another five children had died from a measles outbreak, bringing the death toll from the epidemic to more than 50 as authorities race to vaccinate the country’s entire population.
Measles can cause long-term damage to the immune system – resetting it to a baby-like state and leaving people vulnerable to other infections, scientists have said.
Two cases of measles have been confirmed following ferry journeys between Aberdeen and Shetland.
Children who catch measles are more vulnerable to other serious infections for the next two to three years, experts have warned.
The UK is one of four European countries to have lost its measles elimination status, according to the World Health Organisation.
Vaccine refusal is a “growing public health timebomb”, the head of the NHS has warned.
New university students should ensure they have been vaccinated against measles following outbreaks of the highly infectious illness, health officials have said.
Outbreaks of measles have been confirmed across England, health officials have said.
The number of people diagnosed with either measles, mumps or rubella almost quadrupled in a year.