MORE than 60 staff members at Cork University Hospital have been told to self isolate after over fears of an outbreak. Other patients at CUH are being assessed.
Until yesterday, health officials had been reassured that the virus was contained to people who had travelled abroad, but the Cork case raises the spectre of it spreading through the community.
Visitor restrictions are also in place at Cork University Maternity Hospital and the hospital announced this morning that gynaecology outpatients are cancelled for today
Emergency plans were also being drawn up to create isolation units across the city and county in the event of the virus spreading through the community.
Dr Holohan said the rise in the number of cases in Ireland was anticipated and not a surprise. He emphasised that members of the public should explore all other options before going to hostpital emergency departments.