Measles outbreak in Dublin - 5 further cases notified
Five further cases of measles linked to the ongoing outbreak in Dublin have been notified to the HSE, bringing the outbreak to 11 cases so far. The HSE is particularly concerned about the risk of measles in children who attended Temple St Children’s University Hospital on the dates listed below, who may have been exposed to an infectious case of measles. Measles cases are also occurring in children and adults who are in contact with individuals with measles in the general community in Dublin.
Temple St Children’s University Hospital
||9:30am to 2:00 pm
||7:15pm to midnight
||4:20pm to 7:30pm
||2:20pm to 10:00pm
If you or your child attended Temple St Children’s University Hospital on any these dates and you or your child develop symptoms of measles please stay at home and phone your General Practitioner (GP) for advice. The risk of measles is for up to 21 days after contact with a case. Please do not contact the hospital about attendances on the above dates.
Measles symptoms include:
- High fever
- Runny nose
- Red eyes
- Red rash that starts on head and spread down the body - this normally starts a few days after onset of illness. The rash consists of flat red or brown blotches, which can flow into each other. It lasts about 4-7 days.
- Vomiting, diarrhoea and tummy pain may also happen.
Prevent measles by vaccination with MMR vaccine:
- All children should get the MMR vaccine when they are aged 12 months. If any child aged over 12 months has missed this vaccine they should get it now from their GP.
- All children should get a second dose of MMR vaccine when they are 4-5 years old or in Junior Infants at school. If any child in Senior Infants or older has missed this vaccine they should get it now from their GP.
- Adults under 40 years who have not had measles or have not received 2 doses of MMR vaccine should contact their GP to get the MMR vaccine.
- Adults over 40 years of age may sometimes be at risk and if such adults never had measles nor a measles containing vaccine they should consider getting the MMR vaccine from their GP.
Prevent the spread of measles if you think you may have measles:
- Do not go to work, school or crèche.
- Stay at home and phone your GP. Tell the doctor or nurse that you think you might have measles.
- Stop visitors coming to the house to prevent the spread of measles.
- Pregnant women who have been exposed to measles should seek medical advice as soon as possible.
HSE Press Release: HSE confirms 5 further measles cases bringing total to 11 in current outbreak [10/8/18]
Further information on measles can be found at http://www.hpsc.ie/hpsc/A-Z/VaccinePreventable/Measles/Factsheet/