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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Ireland : Measles cases on rise, experts warn

Via Independent :

" A RAPID rise in the number of measles cases among children has prompted the HSE to warn parents about the risk of a recurrence of the outbreak of 2000, which resulted in three deaths.

Dr Brenda Corcoran, the head of the HSE National Immunisation Office, urged parents to immunise their children, particularly before travelling to Europe, where there is an outbreak of the infectious and potential fatal disease.

More than 21,000 cases have been reported in Europe since the beginning of the year, with more than half reported in France. Six children died in France, 14 suffered neurological complications and 444 contracted severe pneumonia.

Some 110 measles cases have been detected in Ireland so far this year, at least eight of which were due to infection while travelling in Europe.


In 87 of the cases, the children were living in the HSE East region, in or near Dublin, and in almost half of cases the children were eligible for vaccination but had not received any doses."

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