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Measles spread sparks jab blitz

THE spread of measles has resulted in a vaccination operation in Dublin's north inner city schools.

HSE public health staff are currently offering MMR vaccines to pupils in a number of primary schools.

There have been 135 reported cases of measles in Ireland since the start of the year -- with more than 70pc of them diagnosed in the north inner city.

Several countries in Europe have also seen a surge in measles this year and holiday travel during the summer months saw a rise in the number of cases diagnosed here.

Dr Margaret Fitzgerald, HSE director of public health, said: "We have seen a rapid increase in the number of measles cases recently, most of them centred in north Dublin city."