Wednesday 24 May 2017

'Somebody else has been exposed' - Warning as another adult measles case confirmed

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Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

The HSE has urged people in Cork and Tipperary to be vigilant after another person was infected with the measles virus in the area.

Dr Kevin Kelleher, consultant in public health at the HSE said anyone who thinks they might have caught the highly infectious virus should stay at home.

“This case is part of the group of cases we’ve been speaking about for the past two or three months,” Dr Kelleher told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.

“This is unfortunately somebody else who has been exposed and has the disease and unfortunately while they didn’t realise they had the measles they were out and about and we’re trying to get people to know about that. So far people have reacted very well and it is slowing down the number of cases but it is still dragging on a bit,” he said.

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Dr Kelleher said the infected person visited a number of places over a couple of days and is warning people about its potential spread.

He said the person was in Supervalu on New Square in Mitchelstown on July 25 and 27. They were also at the Living Health Clinic on Fermoy Road in Mitchelstown on July 28 while infectious.

The person was also in Clonmel over the same period between July 23 and 24 and again between July 30 and August 3 when they were infectious with the disease.

“They’re well now but we’re trying to make sure that other people who may have been exposed make sure that if they start feeling unwell they don’t go out into public places. They’ll get advice initially on what the issue is. Have they had their measles vaccine in the past? If they hadn’t they should get it now.

“Make sure when you’re going on holiday now to have a measles vaccine, it’s as important as getting your passport ready because there are parts of Europe where people often go on holiday that measles are still an epidemic.

“The cases were talking about are a result of people who visited parts of Europe and came back with measles.”

Dr Kelleher said that the “unpleasant disease” can leave one in ten in hospital, one in a hundred in intensive care and one in a thousand will die from the measles.

The symptoms of measles include a runny nose, red eyes and a fever developing into a red rash after four days. The rash typically starts on the forehead and spreads downwards, over the face, neck and body.

“If people are starting to feel ill with those kind of symptoms, people should be staying at home and not exposing other people. There’s an element of responsibility here, if you are infectious you shouldn’t be infecting other people.

“We’ve had 38 confirmed cases since April and 40 more were confirmed as not measles. The vast majority of those were in May and June. Now there are a few more cases coming through.”

Dr Kelleher advised people who haven’t received the measles vaccine to do so at their GP immediately.

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