Wednesday 18 September 2019

Warning issued over outbreak of measles among young workers in the capital

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Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

There has been an outbreak of measles among young adults working in Dublin's city centre.

The HSE last night issued a warning about the outbreak.

The HSE's Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) says it has recorded 10 cases since the start of February.

It is advising people who think they have measles to stay at home and to contact their GP for advice.

It confirmed that the recent cases are in young adults working in Dublin city centre, specifically in the areas of Parnell Street, Dame Street and Baggot Street.

It is a community outbreak of measles, affecting both adults and children. Travelling to France has also been identified as a risk.

"Measles is a serious illness and is highly infectious," the HPSC statement said.

"The best protection is to be vaccinated with the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. People planning to travel abroad should make sure they are protected from measles. Those who have not been vaccinated with the MMR vaccine or have not had measles in the past are at risk of measles.

"If unsure whether they had the vaccine they should speak to their GP about getting the MMR before travelling.

"Measles symptoms include fever, red rash, red eyes, cough and runny nose.

"The rash usually starts a few days after the onset of illness. It typically starts on the head and spreads down the body."

People who are sick should not attend settings such as crèches, schools, work or religious gatherings until they have recovered, it added.

Irish Independent

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