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Three confirmed cases of measles in Cork last year

There were three confirmed cases of measles in Cork in 2018, The Echo can reveal.

Two suspected cases of measles were notified in Cork this year but both were deemed to not be the illness after follow-up tests, according to HSE information obtained by the Echo.

There were no confirmed measles cases in Cork in 2017.

Seventeen suspected cases were notified to Public Health.

All were followed up, including laboratory investigation, and were found not to be measles.

Twenty suspected cases were notified last year when there were three confirmed cases of the illness.

The news comes after the HSE recently warned of a measles outbreak in Dublin.

People who thought they might have measles were advised to stay at home and contact their GP for advice.

There were ten measles cases since the start of February 2019.

Recent cases involved young adults working in Dublin city centre in the areas of Parnell Street, Dame Street and Baggot Street.

Travel to France was identified by the HSE as a risk.

“Measles is a serious illness and is highly infectious,” said Dr Ruth McDermott, Public Health Specialist.

“The best protection is to be vaccinated with MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccine.” 

The HSE advised that people planning to travel abroad should make sure they are protected from measles.

Those who have not been vaccinated with MMR vaccine or have not had measles in the past are at risk of measles.

Measles symptoms include fever, red rash, red eyes, cough and runny nose.

The rash usually starts a few days after onset of illness. It typically starts on the head and spreads down the body. 

There is a risk of developing measles for up to 21 days after contact with a case of measles.

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

People who are sick should not attend settings such as crèche, school, work or religious gatherings until they have recovered from illness.