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Potential Measles Outbreak In Ireland

Measles is a serious disease – Vaccination is the only effective protection.

The HSE has confirmed to us that there has been eight cases of measles reported.  If it reaches ten, then it will be considered an outbreak.  It has been notified of two cases in north Dublin city, but the health authority says there are now at least eight cases in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Meath, with most cases in Dublin.

Dr John Cuddihy is the Acting Assistant National Director for Health Protection and he said that measles can be a serious illness and is highly contagious.

A HSE spokesperson said

“The Measles Outbreak Control Team continues to investigate and advise on measures to control the further spread of this potentially serious illness, Alerts regarding measles have been sent to all emergency departments and General Practitioners (GPs) in the affected areas.  Work is ongoing in identifying close contacts of cases who are being notified and advised by public health officers.”

The HSE continued: “Anybody who has symptoms suggestive of measles should stay at home, not go to school or work and phone your GP and explain that you may have measles.  The best protection is to be fully vaccinated with two doses of MMR vaccine”.

Measles (sometimes known as rubeola) is a highly infectious viral illness. It causes a range of symptoms including fever, coughing and distinctive red-brown spots on the skin.

The measles virus is contained in the millions of tiny droplets that come out of the nose and mouth when an infected person coughs or sneezes. You can catch measles by breathing in these droplets or, if the droplets have settled on a surface, by touching the surface and then placing your hands near your nose or mouth. The most effective way of preventing measles is the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. 

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Ireland has its 2nd Health Innovation Week

What does the future of Healthcare look like?

It’s that exciting time of the year again - Health Innovation Week! This year’s series of free interactive events take place from October 20th – October 25th. You can read more about each event by visiting www.eh2030.com

eHealth Ireland are holding the second Health Innovation Week which will be held from 20th October 2017 until 25th. Health Innovation Week is a set of 4 different events revolving around technology in healthcare. Events are focused on creating a public awareness of the amazing projects underway in Irelands health system.

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Cannabis

What is cannabis: 

Cannabis comes in three forms: Herbal Cannabis, Cannabis Resin, Cannabis Oil. It is an hallucinogenic drug that can be used in a number of ways. 

Herbal Cannabis (weed) refers to the dried flowers of the marijuana plant 

 –with or without seeds, and leaves of the plant. These flowers and leaves are chopped and dried before use and resemble a packet of dried herbs that you purchase from a supermarket. This herbal form is often less potent than resin.  

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Ecstasy

Ecstasy Street Names

What is ecstasy? 

Ecstasy is a synthetically made drug most commonly produced in tablet form and is a stimulant that makes those taking it feel full of energy. The main ingredient in ecstasy is MDMA (Methylenedioxymethamphetamine) which is known for its stimulant and psychedelic properties. Powder MDMA is reported to be popular in Dublin 15.  

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