Dublin residents are being encouraged to stay tuned after the HSE has confirmed that there have been 10 measles cases in the city since February.
The Health Protection Surveillance Center posted a tweet tonight, reminding the public of the outbreak and urging them to stand firm.
Ten cases have been confirmed in Dublin since the beginning of February.
Recent cases have involved young adults working in the center of Dublin in the areas of Parnell Street, Dame Street and Baggot Street.
The HSE confirmed an outbreak last month in Dublin and advised people who think they have measles staying home and contacting the doctor for advice.
They said in a statement: "This is a community outbreak of measles affecting adults and children. There have been 10 cases since the beginning of February 2019.
"Recent cases have involved young adults working in Dublin's downtown area in the areas of Parnell Street, Dame Street and Baggot Street. Travel to France has been identified as a risk.
"Measles is a serious disease and is highly infectious. The best protection is to be vaccinated with MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella).
"People planning to travel abroad should make sure they are protected against measles."
Those who have not been vaccinated with the MMR vaccine or who have not had measles in the past are at risk for measles.
If you are not sure if you have already taken the vaccine, talk to your doctor about getting the vaccine before you travel.
What are the symptoms of measles:
Symptoms of measles include fever, red rash, red eyes, cough and runny nose. The rash usually begins a few days after the onset of the disease.
It usually starts in the head and spreads through the body. There is a risk of developing measles for up to 21 days after contact with a measles case.
If you think you can have measles, stay home and call your doctor for guidance.
Sick people should not attend places such as day care, school, work or religious meetings until they recover from illness.
SMS Council on controlling the spread of measles
Vaccination with vaccine containing measles (MMR):
- All children should receive the MMR vaccine when they are 12 months old. If any child over 12 months of age has missed this vaccine, you should get it now from your family doctor.
- All children should take a second dose of the MMR vaccine when they are 4-5 years of age in children at school. If any of the children in this age group have missed this vaccine, you should get it now from your family doctor.
- Adults younger than 40 who have not had measles or who have not received 2 doses of the MMR vaccine should contact their doctor to get the MMR vaccine.
If you think you may have measles:
- Do not go to work, school or daycare or any busy place like a mall or movie theater.
- Stay home and call your doctor. Tell the doctor or nurse that you think you can 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.
International travel measles risk:
Measles outbreaks are underway in several countries in the European region, including France, Italy, Greece, Romania, Poland and Ukraine and throughout the world. Most people who get measles on vacation do not know they have been exposed until they develop the disease. Unrecognized measles exposures occurred at airports, airplanes, shows, shops, and medical facilities.
Advice for people traveling abroad:
Vaccination remains the best protection against infections. Children aged 6-11 months traveling to other countries and regions where measles outbreaks are reported are recommended for the MMR vaccine. This vaccine is in addition to the routine childhood vaccination schedule of two MMRs. A dose given before 12 months of age does not replace the dose that would normally be given at 12 months of age.
Older children should be age appropriately vaccinated. Children who have not received the recommended doses should receive the MMR vaccine from their GP.
Adults may be at risk for measles, particularly those under 40 years of age who have never had measles or two doses of the measles vaccine.
More information about measles:
Measles is highly contagious and spreads easily. The time between exposure to measles and the development of the rash is generally 14 days (range 7-21 days). People are infectious as of four days before the rash begins up to four days later.
Complications of measles:
Measles can cause chest infections, seizures (seizures), ear infections, swelling of the brain and / or damage to the brain.
Measles is a notifiable disease, and clinicians and hospital physicians should immediately notify Public Health officials if they suspect someone has measles.
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