Warning issued after five more people contract measles in Dublin 2 months ago

Warning issued after five more people contract measles in Dublin

That's 11 cases so far.

The HSE have issued a warning after a further five cases of the measles were reported in Dublin, bringing the outbreak to 11 cases so far.

The HSE are particularly concerned about the risk of measles in any children who attended Temple St Children’s University Hospital on the dates listed below.

Temple St Children’s University Hospital

Day

Date

Time

Department

21 days

Wednesday

25th July

9:30am to 2:00 pm

Outpatients Department

15th August

Thursday

26th July

7:15pm to midnight

Emergency Department

16th August

Friday

27th July

4:20pm to 7:30pm

Emergency Department

17th August

Monday

6th August

2:20pm to 10:00pm

Emergency Department

27th August

The HSE have stated that if you or your child have attended Temple St Children’s University Hospital on any these dates, and if you or your child develop symptoms of measles, please stay at home and phone your General Practitioner (GP) for advice.

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The risk of measles is for up to 21 days after contact with a case. Please do not contact the hospital about attendances on the above dates.

Measles symptoms include: High fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach pain may also happen.

Aside from these aforementioned symptoms, a red rash that starts on head and spreads down the body may also develop. This rash normally starts a few days after onset of illness. The rash consists of flat red or brown blotches, which can flow into each other. It lasts about 4-7 days.

Adults may be at risk of measles, particularly those under 40 years of age who have never had measles or two doses of a measles vaccine.

Dr Helena Murray, Specialist in Public Health Medicine said: “Measles can be a serious illness and is highly infectious. The best protection is to be fully vaccinated with two doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccine.”