Limerick measles outbreak curtailed but ‘threat remains’ HSE warns

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Limerick measles outbreak curtails but ‘threat remains’ HSE warns

FOR THE first time in almost five months, the Limerick measles outbreak has been curtailed, the HSE has announced this Friday. 

However, the HSE has warned that “the threat of further cases occurring in the Mid West remains”, as there have been 28 confirmed cases since January 3 in Limerick. 

The HSE is also urging tourists travelling in Europe to avail of the MMR vaccine, as an outbreak continues to worsen in a number of countries.  

“Parents are reminded that the only way to protect their children against measles is to ensure that they have the MMR vaccine, which is recommended at 12 months and again in Junior Infants in Primary school. Adults aged under 40 who should also ensure that they have 2 doses of MMR.

“As there are outbreaks of measles throughout Europe anyone going abroad over the Summer should make sure that they are protected against measles, especially if planning travel to France, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Belgium or Romania,” the HSE said in a statement on Friday afternoon.