HSE issues URGENT public alert as HIGHLY contagious illness outbreak is confirmed

20th Jul 18 | News

The HSE have issued an urgent warning to members of the public to be wary after an outbreak of measles was confirmed in Dublin.

Health officials have advised that measles was diagnosed in an adult and a child who returned to Dublin after being on mainland Europe .

Dr Helena Murray, Specialist in Public Health Medicine told independent.ie:

“There is a possible risk of measles to people who may have been in the same healthcare setting as these two cases during the infectious period.

If you think you may have measles, stay at home and phone your GP for advice.

Currently the HSE is aware that the two measles cases attended the following healthcare settings while they were most infectious.”

  •  Tallaght University Hospital Adult Emergency Department on July 1 between 11.30am and 1.30pm.A second visit was paid to the same unit on July 5 between 12am and 8am.
  • Mater Hospital, July 7 between 11am and 8pm.
  • Temple St Hospital, July 13 between 3pm and 8pm.A second visit was paid on July 15 between 5pm and 1am.
  • Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin, July 16 between 12pm and 2.30pm

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness and early symptoms can include a runny nose, red eyes, swollen eyelids, sneezing and fever. A few days later, a red-brown spotty rash appears and lasts for about a week. It starts behind the ears, before spreading around the head and neck, and eventually to the legs and the rest of the body.

So, what should parents be looking for if they suspect their child might have contracted measles? The symptoms of the disease begin to appear between seven and twenty-one days after infection. Here are some of the things to look out for: