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."


Related Irish News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

11 September 2009
Swine flu Outbreak At Second Cavan School
Another County Cavan school has witnessed an outbreak in suspected swine flu, it has emerged today. Breffni College in Cavan town contacted the HSE yesterday after a number of pupils appeared to come down with flu-like symptoms.
15 August 2014
No Confirmed Or Suspected Cases Of Ebola In Ireland - HSE
There are no confirmed or suspected cases of ebola in Ireland, the Health Service Executive has said. In a statement on their website, the HSE said: "The National Isolation Unit in the Mater Hospital is used for patients with a variety of infectious diseases.
10 April 2008
HSE to publish Superbug Report
The HSE is due to publish its report into the outbreak of clostridium difficile superbug in an Irish hospital, which claimed 15 lives. The outbreak took place Ennis Hospital in Co Clare last year and caused a storm of controversy over the spread of the deadly bug.
22 August 2018
Vaccination Programmes Must Be Supported - SF
Vaccination programmes must be supported amid a surge in the recorded cases of measles across Ireland, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O'Reilly has said.
28 March 2014
Health Warning Issued After Measles Cases Confirmed
A health warning has been issued following the confirmation of two cases of measles at NUI Galway. The Health Service Executive has said that vigilance is needed due to the proximity of university students and the how contagious measles is.