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Measles notifications and deaths in England and Wales, 1940-2013

 

Year
Notifications
Total Deaths
1940
409,521
857
1941
409,715
1,145
1942
286,341
458
1943
376,104
773
1944
158,479
243
1945
446,796
729
1946
160,402
204
1947
393,787
644
1948
399,606
327
1949
385,935
307
1950
367,725
221
1951
616,182
317
1952
389,502
141
1953
545,050
242
1954
146,995
45
1955
693,803
174
1956
160,556
28
1957
633,678
94
1958
259,308
49
1959
539,524
98
1960
159,364
31
1961
763,531
152
1962
184,895
39
1963
601,255
127
1964
306,801
73
1965
502,209
115
1966
343,642
80
1967
460,407
99
1968
236,154
51
1969
142,111
36
1970
307,408
42
1971
135,241
28
1972
145,916
29
1973
152,578
33
1974
109,636
20
1975
143,072
16
1976
55,502
14
1977
173,361
23
1978
124,067
20
1979
77,363
17
1980
139,487
26
1981
52,979
15
1982
94,195
13
1983
103,700
16
1984
62,079
10
1985
97,408
11
1986
82,054
10
1987
42,158
6
1988
86,001
16
1989
26,222
3
1990
13,302
1
1991
9,680
1
1992
10,268
2
1993
9,612
4
1994
16,375
0
1995
7,447
1
1996
5,614
0
1997
3,962
3
1998
3,728
3
1999
2,438
3
2000
2,378
1
2001
2,250
1
2002
3,232
1*
2003
2,488
0
2004
2,356
1
2005
2,089
0
2006
3,705
1
2007
3,670
1
2008

5,088

2
2009 5,191 1
2010 2,235 0
2011 2,355 1
2012 4,210 1
2013** 6,102 1

* 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.

Graph: Measles notifications and deaths in England and Wales, 1940-2013


Last reviewed: 10 January 2014