People have been urged to check they are vaccinated. In 2017 for example the total number of cases was 23,927 and in 2016 the numbers were only 5,273.
Children and adults may have been exposed to an infectious case of measles.
"We would encourage people to ensure they are up to date with their MMR vaccine before travelling to countries with ongoing measles outbreaks, heading to large gatherings such as festivals, or before starting university", she said.
Early signs of measles include cold-like symptoms, sore eyes that may be sensitive to light, fever and small greyish-white spots on the inside of the cheeks.
Catching the disease is rare once immunized with the MMR vaccine, however, dubious allegations of side effects caused by the vaccination - such as causing autism - has resulted in some parents avoiding getting their children vaccinated.
A blotchy red rash will normally appear on the head or upper neck spreading towards the rest of the body. The vaccine offers a combination of protection from measles, mumps and rubella. England has seen 807 cases in the first half of this year.
Noting a particularly high level of mistrust in Europe against vaccinations, Dr Pauline Paterson of the London School of Tropical Medicine said: "The reasons for non-vaccination can vary from issues of vaccine access, a lack of perceived need to vaccinate, and concerns around the safety of vaccination - in 2016 the Vaccine Confidence Project found that the European region was the most skeptical in the world on vaccine safety".
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