Measles outbreak confirmed in Dublin city centre by HSE

By | April 6, 2019

The Health Service Executive has confirmed that there’s been an outbreak of measles in Dublin City.

Measles is highly contagious and is spread easily.

The time between exposure to measles and developing the rash is usually 14 days (range 7-21 days).

People are infectious from four days before rash starts until four days after.

Measles can cause chest infections, fits (seizures), ear infections, swelling of the brain and/or damage to the brain.


A HSE statement said:

“The Health Service Executive has confirmed an outbreak of measles in Dublin and is advising that people who think they have measles to stay at home and to contact their General Practitioner (GP) for advice.

“This is a community outbreak of measles affecting adults and children.

“There have been ten cases since the start of February 2019.

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

“Travel to France was identified as a risk.

“It is a serious illness and is highly infectious.


“The best protection is to be vaccinated with MMR vaccine.

“People planning to travel abroad should make sure they are protected.

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

“If unsure whether they had the vaccine they should speak to their GP about getting the MMR vaccine before travelling.

“Symptoms include fever, red rash, red eyes, cough and runny nose.

“The rash usually starts a few days after onset of illness.

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“It typically starts on the head and spreads down the body.


“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.