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Saturday 15 December 2018

HSE investigating two confirmed cases of measles in Ireland

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Eilish O’Regan

The HSE is investigating two confirmed cases of measles in the north of Dublin city.

A spokeswoman said an outbreak control team has been convened to investigate and control the spread of “ this potentially serious illness.”

The source of the measles has not yet been identified.

An alert has been sent to all hospital emergency departments and GPs  in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.

“All people identified as contacts of the two measles cases are being notified and advised of the risk by public health.”

Measles have been virtually eradicated in Ireland but there are occasional outbreaks which public health specialists try to bring under control quickly to prevent it spreading.

A spokeswoman said :”If you have symptoms suggestive of measles you should stay at home, not go to school or work and phone your GP and explain that you may have measles.

“People who have not been fully vaccinated with MMR vaccine or have not had measles in the past are at high risk of getting measles if exposed.

“Those most at risk of catching measles are those who are not fully vaccinated with 2 doses of MMR vaccine such as babies younger than 12 months who are too young to be vaccinated, and those with weakened immune systems.”

Dr Deirdre Mulholland, Director of Public Health said “measles can be a serious illness and is highly contagious. The best protection is to be fully vaccinated with 2 doses of MMR vaccine.”

Measles symptoms include:

• High fever

• Cough

• Runny nose

• Red eyes

• Red rash that starts on head and spread down the body- this normally starts a few days after onset of illness. The rash consists of flat red or brown blotches, which can flow into each other. It lasts about 4-7 days.

• Vomiting, diarrhoea and tummy pain may also happen.

nyone who develops measles symptoms should:

 Stay at home and phone your GP

Tell the doctor or nurse that you think you might have measles

Stop visitors coming to the house to prevent spreading the infection

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