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Measles deaths by Age Group: 1980 - 2013 (ONS data)

Measles deaths - England and Wales, By Age Group, 1980 - 2013

 

Year

under 1 yr 1–4 yrs 5–9 yrs 10–14 yrs 15+ yrs Total
1980
3 15 3 2 3 26
1981
3 5 4 1 2 15
1982
1 5 1 2 4 13
1983
2 10 2 2 16
1984
1 2 1 6 10
1985
3 4 2 2 11
1986
2 3 2 3 10
1987
1 1 2 2 6
1988
1 8 3 3 1 16
1989
2 1 3
1990
1 1
1991
1 1
1992
1 1 2
1993
4 4
1994
0
1995
1 1
1996
0
1997
3 3
1998
3 3
1999
1 2 3
2000
1 1
2001
1 1
2002
1* 1*
2003
0
2004
1 1
2005
0
2006
1 1
2007
1 1
2008
2 2
2009 - - - 1 - 1
2010 - - - - - 0
2011 - - - - 1 1
2012 - - - - 1 1
2013** - - - - 1 1

* Reported by ONS as measles but known not to be measles infection

**Provisional data.

Source: Office for National Statistics

Prior to 2006, the last death from acute measles was in 1992. In 2006, there was one measles death in a 13 years old male who had an underlying lung condition and was taking immunosuppressive drugs. Another death in 2008 was also due to acute measles in unvaccinated child with congenital immunodeficiency whose condition did not require treatment with immunoglobulin. In 2013, one death was reported in a 25 year old man following acute pneumonia as a complication of measles. 

All other measles deaths since 1992 shown above are in older individuals and were caused by the late effects of measles. These infections were acquired during the 1980s or earlier, when epidemics of measles occurred.


Last reviewed: 10 January 2014