The Health Service Executive (HSE) has issued a fresh health warning today, following the confirmation of 15 new cases of measles.
According to a statement issued by the organisation this week, all 15 cases arose in Co. Kerry, bringing the total number from this year’s outbreak to 30 – 22 of which, in total, are from the Munster county.
All cases were confirmed by doctors and public health nurses, and admin at Kerry University Hospital have urged parents not to bring children to the hospital as visitors.
HSE representatives believe that the source of the measles infection more than likely originated in another European country.
In the statement, Dr Fiona Ryan said the warning was being issued in a bid to ‘raise public awareness around the signs and symptoms’ of the infection.
“Measles is highly infectious, and if cases are isolated early, the risk of transmission to vulnerable individuals decreases,” she said.
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