HSE issue warning of two measles cases in Dublin
Two new cases have been reported.
The Health Service Executive (HSE) has issued a public notice that it is aware of two cases of measles reported in Dublin. The HSE has confirmed that one adult and one child have been diagnosed with the virus.
It has also been confirmed that both patients had recently visited mainland Europe.
The statement reads issued a warning for those who are most at risk: "People at increased risk are those who are not fully vaccinated with two doses of MMR vaccine or have not had measles in the past. The risk of measles is for up to 21 days after contact with a case of measles."
The statement further noted that "There is a possible risk of measles to people who may have been in the same healthcare setting as these two cases during the infectious period." The HSE has provided a breakdown of the healthcare centres visited by the patients.
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”
The warning from the HSE can be read in full here.