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.
The Health Service Executive has confirmed an outbreak of measles in north Dublin and is advising people who think they have measles to stay at home and to contact their General Practitioner (GP) for advice. This is a community outbreak of measles affecting adults and children. There has already been an outbreak of measles reported in Donegal in 2019.