The HSE is warning of the risk of measles after it confirmed a case in a person who was in Kerry and Dublin before the May Bank Holiday.
The HSE says most people will have nothing to worry about as they’re vaccinated, but they’re being very cautious because measles is potentially a serious condition.
The person diagnosed in this case was in a number of public places in Kerry and Dublin in the week leading up to and including the May Bank Holiday weekend (April 25th to May 2nd).
Consultants in Public Health have notified all known relevant contacts of the person, and are continuing to identify those who may have been exposed.
Those who may be at risk include anyone who didn’t have measles in the past, and those who haven’t been fully vaccinated.
HSE Consultant in Public Health, Dr Kevin Kelleher, is stressing that most people will have nothing to worry about as the vast majority of the population have been fully vaccinated.
He says the HSE is being very cautious because measles is potentially a serious condition – it’s highly infectious and is spread easily, but Dr Kelleher adds that they’re very close to eliminating measles in Ireland; this is just the second case so far this year.
A measles rash usually appears about four days after the early symptoms, and anyone with signs or symptoms should stay at home and phone their GP.