Via the Irish Independent: 22 diagnosed with measles in Kerry 'after infectious person travelled on flight from Dublin'. Excerpt:
Precautions have been called for by public health doctors after 22 cases of measles have been confirmed in Kerry.
The outbreak has been linked to a case in April when an infectious person travelled on a flight from Dublin to the county.
Kerry University Hospital- which has not treated a patient with measles in several years, has appealed to people not to bring children to the hospital as visitors.
If someone has suspected measles they should also not attend their GP surgery but instead ask for a home visit.
The hospital’s emergency consultant Martin Boyd said measles are very contagious.
No serious complications in the fifteen cases recorded so far in Kerry have emerged.
Earlier this month, the HSE public health departments and the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) said they were investigating an ongoing measles outbreak in different parts of Ireland.
Outbreak control teams have been convened in HSE East, South and Midwest. Nineteen measles cases linked to the outbreak had been identified to date, of which 13 are confirmed and six are probable.
All cases have occurred in individuals under 30 years of age, with most cases occurring in the 15-19 year age group.
It is believed that the source of infection most likely came from another European country where measles outbreaks are occurring.
Most of those who have been infected as a result of this outbreak did not know that they had been in contact with measles. It is also known that most had not received the MMR (Measles- Mumps- Rubella) vaccine.