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A child diagnosed with measles in the current outbreak of the disease in Kerry had not been immunised in the country of origin, although a vaccination programme is widely available there.

measles rash from NHS Wales

Tralee GP Dr David O’Brien, who treated the child, said other members of the family had since presented with the same symptoms.

The child moved to Ireland in the past year with her family and presented with ‘text-book symptoms’ of measles at Dr O’Brien’s surgery in April.

There are now 15 recorded cases of measles in the county.

However, Dr O’Brien says the take-up of vaccination in Kerry is good and on a par with national rates.

He says measles can be difficult to differentiate from other viral illnesses in the early stages: