Measles outbreak investigation in Kerry and West Limerick

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The Departments of Public Health in HSE South and HSE Midwest are investigating a measles outbreak in Kerry and West Limerick; 10 cases have been reported in the past two weeks. Five cases are laboratory confirmed and laboratory results are awaited on the remaining five. An Outbreak Control Team has been convened in each area.

The Departments of Public Health in each area have identified close contacts, implemented control measures, and are providing information and advice to those affected as well as GPs, local hospitals and community, in order to prevent further transmission. Contacts are being informed about signs and symptoms of measles, to seek medical attention if they think they have measles (phone GP first) and how to prevent spread if they do develop the symptoms. Children and young adults who are not age appropriately vaccinated with MMR vaccine are being recommended to get the vaccine from their GP.