Holidaymakers planning Christmas getaways to some parts of Europe could be at risk of contracting potentially deadly measles.
People who have travelled recently, or plan to travel to Romania, Italy and Germany, and have not had two doses of the MMR vaccine, face a greater danger, Public Health England (PHE) warned last night.
It said anyone planning to travel to these countries should check travel health advice.
The comments come after the health body recorded outbreaks in three areas of England – there have been 16 confirmed cases in Leeds, 11 confirmed cases in Liverpool and nine confirmed cases in Birmingham.
Officials said all cases are among children and adults who have not received two doses of the MMR vaccine.
The MMR vaccine is combined inoculation which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella.
Measles is highly infectious and can lead to serious complications. Although most measles sufferers make a full recovery, around one in 15 develop life-threatening complications, including pneumonia and convulsions.