The measles outbreak in North Dublin has risen by two additional cases, bringing the outbreak total in the inner city to 13 since last month.

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The Department of Public Health East  reports transmission has occurred in Dublin hospitals and in households with poor vaccine uptake. In addition, they are now starting to see cases that acquired measles in the wider inner city community.

There have been no deaths from measles associated with this outbreak to date.

Dr Ruth McDermott, Public Health Doctor said: “Measles can be a serious illness and is highly infectious. The best protection is to be fully vaccinated with two doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccine”.

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People at increased risk of getting measles are those who are not fully vaccinated with two doses of MMR vaccine or have not had measles in the past. The risk of measles remains for up to 21 days after contact with a case of measles.

If you think you may have measles, stay at home and phone your General Practitioner (GP) for advice.

People who are sick should not attend any congregated settings such as crèche, school, work or religious gatherings until they have recovered from illness.