02/06/2016

Warning Issued Over Ongoing Measles Outbreak

The HSE has issued a warning over an ongoing measles outbreak in different parts of Ireland.

Outbreak control teams have been convened in HSE East, South and Midwest.

A total of 19 measles cases linked to the outbreak have been identified of which 13 are confirmed and six are probable. All cases have occurred in individuals under 30 years of age, with most cases occurring in the 15-19 year age group.

It is believed that the source of infection most likely came from another European country where measles outbreaks are occurring.

Dr Kevin Kelleher, Consultant in Public Health, said they were "looking to raise public awareness around the signs and symptoms of the condition and ensure that anyone with concerns addresses them immediately in order to receive a rapid diagnosis.

"This in turn allows the HSE HPSC Public Health teams to be fully responsive and in a position to implement all necessary control measures."

(CD/JP)

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