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.