The local Health Board has issued a reminder that measles is circulating. Measles is highly infectious and can very easily spread between people who are not vaccinated.

The first symptoms of measles are cold-like and can include a high temperature, sneezing, a cough and red, sore, watery eyes. A few days later, small white spots may appear inside the cheeks and on the back of the lips, then a rash starts on the face and behind the ears before spreading to the rest of the body. The spots sometimes join together to form blotchy patches. They are not usually itchy.

The only way to prevent outbreaks is through vaccination.

Dr Ardiana Gjini, Executive Director of Public Health at Hywel Dda UHB, said: “Cases of measles have been increasing across the UK and following an outbreak in Gwent, it is important that people know what to do.

“People can check their symptoms by visiting the NHS 111 Wales website and can contact them for advice if they believe they may have measles.

“If you or your child have symptoms of measles, please do not attend your GP or any other healthcare setting without phoning before arrival, or immediately notify staff on arrival.”