Gothenburg measles outbreak grows to 15 confirmed cases

The number of people infected in a Gothenburg measles outbreak has increased to 15, and there are concerns it may spread to other parts of Sweden.

Gothenburg measles outbreak grows to 15 confirmed cases
A poster at Sahlgrenska hospital in Gothenburg. Photo: Thomas Johansson/TT

Gothenburg has been battling the outbreak since the first case was confirmed at Sahlgrenska University Hospital on December 10th, and on Friday Västra Götaland Regional Council said that the number had risen to 15 – two more than the previous update on Thursday.

One of the two new cases is a woman who was infected in Västra Götaland and sought treatment in Västerbotten, northern Sweden.

Not included in the 15 is a further suspected case in neighbouring Halland however, where local health officials said they would not be able to make an accurate diagnosis until Saturday.

Most of the 15 confirmed cases are adults and are believed to have been infected while visiting Sahlgrenska.

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Sweden has been offering vaccination against measles since 1971 and as part of the MMR jab (measles, mumps and rubella) since 1982.

A similar outbreak occurred in Sweden in 2016 with 12 cases, and in 2013 with 17.