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  • Northside West

Measles cases still increasing

Monday, 20th November, 2017 8:00am

Story by Jack Gleeson
Measles cases still increasing

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Measles cases still increasing

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MEASLES affecting both adults and children is continuing to circulate in Northside communities as more cases are discovered, the HSE confirmed last week.

There are now at least 12 confirmed cases in the city, most in North Dublin, as well as a further five in Co Meath.

As recently reported in Northside People, the outbreak was initially noticed at the end of October with two cases in North Dublin.

By the beginning of this month the number of confirmed cases had risen to seven and last week the figure jumped to 17.

Alerts regarding measles have been sent to all emergency departments and GPs in both Dublin and Meath while officials are working to identify those who have had close contact with those affected so they can be notified and advised.

Health officials are becoming increasingly concerned and have issued public warnings to try and curb the spread.

“Measles can be a serious illness and is highly contagious,” said Dr Deirdre Mulholland, Director of Public Health for HSE East.

“The best protection is to be fully vaccinated with two doses of MMR vaccine.

“The HSE advises that everyone should be aware of the possible risk of spread of measles whenever groups of people gather and particularly when attending healthcare services such as GPs or emergency departments.”

Measles is an official notifiable disease and GPs and hospital clinicians are being reminded they must immediately notify public health if they suspect someone has the disease.

The HSE’s Measles Outbreak Control Team is continuing to investigate cases and has issued guidelines in an effort to control further spread of the potentially serious illness.

Parents are being advised that all children aged over 12 months should be vaccinated and a second dose is needed when they are aged 4-5 or in Junior Infants at school.

Adults under 40 who have not had measles or have not received two doses of MMR vaccine should contact their GP to get vaccinated.

Anybody who thinks they may have measles is being advised not to go to work or school, and children should not be taken to crèche.

Pregnant women who have been exposed to measles should seek medical advice as soon as possible.

Measles symptoms include a high fever, red eyes and a 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.

The time between exposure to measles and developing the rash is usually 14 days (range 7-21 days). People are infectious from four days before rash starts until four days after.

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