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'No need to be overly concerned' over measles, London Mayor

Londoners need not be "overly concerned" about the number of measles cases, Mayor Boris Johnson has said.

Mr Johnson said the rise in cases was in line with the increase seen around the country, but he advised people to get vaccinated.

His comments come after the Department of Health said measles cases rose in London from 34 in 2012 to 68 this year, and experts said they were "worried".

The mayor said he was "assured" after a briefing by senior health officials.

Releasing the figures for London on Thursday experts said there was a concern about potential outbreaks as the uptake of MMR vaccinations in the capital and the South East has not been historically high.

Professor David Salisbury, director of immunisation at the Department of Health, said: "People are densely packed together in London and that is just what measles likes for high levels of transmission, so I worry about London."

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