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Measles has become endemic in Britain, 14 years after its spread was halted in the resident population, the country's public health watchdog says.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) warned that the number of unvaccinated children was now large enough to sustain the "continuous spread" of the potentially lethal virus in the community. It blamed a failure by parents over the past 10 years to give their children the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
From 2003: Measles could soon become an ever-present threat to British children unless vaccination rates improve, say experts.
Researchers say that in the near future, the disease could become endemic in the UK, and the average outbreak of measles could involve a thousand children rather than dozens.