HSE issue URGENT warning in Dublin following FURTHER outbreak of highly contagious illness

14th Aug 18 | News

The HSE has issued a public warning and have confirmed there have been a further 5 reported cases, bringing to 11 the number of cases in the current outbreak.

The HSE has said it is particularly concerned about the risk of measles in children who attended Temple Street Children's University Hospital in recent weeks, who may have been exposed to an infectious case of measles.

The dates, times and departments involved are:

  • Wednesday 25 July 9.30am to 2pm Outpatients Department
  • Thursday 26th July 7.15pm to 12am Emergency Department
  • Friday 27th July 4.20pm to 7.30pm Emergency Department
  • Monday 6th August 2.20pm to 10pm Emergency Department

Any adult or child who attended Temple St Hospital on these dates and develops symptoms of measles should stay at home and contact their 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 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: