Thursday 13 December 2018

Cases of measles have soared across Europe by 400pc

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Cases of measles soared 400pc in 2017 across Europe the World Health Organisation has warned.

More than 20,000 people have been affected and 35 people have died due to the virus.

The spike comes following a record low of 5,723 cases in 2016.

According to the HSE's latest update there is an ongoing outbreak of measles in the midwest region and since October 2017 more than 10 cases have occurred in the Dublin and north east region.

The HSE said in most cases those who contracted measles had not taken up the vaccine - something which experts say is driving the current surge in cases.

Despite the increase in the number of cases of the virus Ireland does not feature in the top 15 countries hit by large outbreaks.

Romania and Italy reported the most cases with 5,562 and 5,006 cases respectively.

The symptoms of measles include fever, rash and red and painful eyes.

The HSE advises that people get two doses of MMR vaccine to get the best protection. In Ireland, the first dose is given at 12 months by GPs and the second dose is given to Junior Infants in school by HSE vaccination teams or by GPs in Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim.

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