Measles is an acute viral disease. It has been a notifiable disease in Ireland since 1948. Measles starts with fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes. It’s followed a few days later by a red rash that starts on the head and spreads downwards over the face, neck and body. Measles can cause chest infections, fits, ear infections, swelling of the brain and brain damage. Measles is worst for children under one year of age, pregnant women, and people with poor immunity. Measles virus is highly contagious and spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Make sure your child is protected with measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Children should get the MMR injection at 12 months of age and again at 4 to 5 years of age.


Measles cases 2012-2017

Measles graph 2017

 Measles in Ireland, 2017

25 The number of measles notifications in 2017
0.5 The national notification rate per 100,000 population in 2017

Last updated: 25 April 2018