There have been nine suspected cases of measles in Ireland in the space of just one week.
Health authorities have warned of the potential for a measles outbreak following the tragic death of one adult in a hospital in the Leinster area. No further information has been made available regarding this case.
The Health Protection and Surveillance Centre confirmed that between January 28th and February 3rd, there were 3 suspected measles cases in the East, three in the Midlands, two in the Midwest, and one in the South.
Of the nine suspected cases, seven were children up to four years old, and two were children between five and nine years old.
While none of the cases are confirmed cases, two were noted as “probable”, while the rest were described as “possible”.
There has been an increase in measles cases across Europe since December 2023, especially in the West Midlands of England where 170 cases have been diagnosed.