An grownup who had contracted measles has died in a hospital in Ireland, the nation’s well being service government (HSE) has stated.
It is the primary confirmed measles case in Ireland in 2024.
There have been 4 measles instances reported within the nation in 2023 and two in 2022.
While no instances have been reported in 2021, there have been 5 recorded in 2020, the HSE stated, with no deaths reported in any of these years.
The grownup died in a hospital within the Dublin and Midlands well being area.
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“HSE public health teams, along with the HSE measles national incident management team (IMT), are taking all necessary public health actions in relation to the case,” the HSE stated in an announcement on Wednesday.
“The HSE measles IMT was established in response to a recent rise in measles cases in the UK and Europe.
“The HSE will hold the general public knowledgeable of additional measures and, within the meantime, anybody with considerations ought to contact their GP.”
It comes after the World Health Organization warned of an “alarming” rise in instances throughout Europe.
Suspected instances of the illness have additionally been on the rise in England.
Last week, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) stated an ongoing measles outbreak within the West Midlands “remains a concern”.
It stated 127 instances of the illness have been confirmed throughout England in January, with 347 laboratory-confirmed measles instances reported in England since 1 October final 12 months. In comparability, simply 53 instances have been confirmed in all of 2022.
Three quarters – or 260 – of those instances have been within the West Midlands, whereas 46 (13%) have been in London and 24 (7%) in Yorkshire and the Humber.
Dr Vanessa Saliba, UKHSA’s marketing consultant epidemiologist, stated: “MMR vaccine coverage has been falling for the last decade with one out of 10 children starting school in England not protected and so there is a real risk that this outbreak could spread to other towns and cities.
“Measles is a nasty sickness for most youngsters and for some will be critical, however it’s fully preventable.”
There have been 1,603 suspected instances of measles in England and Wales in 2023, UKHSA statistics confirmed earlier this 12 months.
Measles often begins with cold-like signs, adopted by a rash a number of days later. The NHS says some folks may get small spots of their mouth.