HSE issue health warning over measles outbreak
The HSE issued a health warning today after it emerged that over a dozen people have the illness.
Speaking to Radio One today, Dr. Deirdre Mulholland of the HSE urged the public to be mindful of the risks. "The HSE advises that everyone should be aware of the possible risk of spread of measles whenever groups of people gather and particularly when attending healthcare services such as GPs or Emergency Departments.”
12 of the cases were reported in Dublin and the other five were diagnosed in Meath.
There is a vaccination available to prevent the spread of measles, but not necessarily everyone has had both shots. The HSE recommends that people see their doctor if:
- they have not had 2 doses of MMR vaccine
- they have a preschool or primary school child who never had MMR vaccine
- they have a primary school child who missed out on the 2nd dose
- they are not sure if their. child has had 2 doses of MMR vaccine
- cold-like symptoms, such as runny nose, watery eyes, swollen eyelids and sneezing,
- red eyes and sensitivity to light,
- a mild to severe temperature, which may peak at over 40.6°C (105°F) for several days, then fall but go up again when the rash appears,
- tiny greyish-white spots (called Koplik's spots) in the mouth and throat,
- tiredness, irritability and general lack of energy,
- aches and pains,
- poor appetite,
- dry cough, and
- red-brown spotty rash
- pneumonia (lung infection), signs of which are fast, difficult breathing, chest pain and deteriorating condition,
- hepatitis (liver infection),
- encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), which can be fatal, so watch for drowsiness, headache and vomiting,
- low platelet count, known medically as thrombocytopenia, which affects the blood's ability to clot,
- bronchitis and croup (infection of the airways), characterised by a hacking or barking cough, and
- squint, if the virus affects the nerves and muscles of the eye.