If you suspect your child has measles, don’t go to GP’s surgery; make a phone call instead

As concern mounts about measles outbreaks in other parts of the country, the HSE says it has not been notified of any outbreaks in this region.

Thee have been outbreaks in HSE East, South and Midwest areas.

Nineteen measles cases linked to the outbreak have 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.

Meanwhile, concerned parents are being urged to contact their GP by phone and NOT in person if they suspect their child has measles.

The warning comes as 15 cases of the highly contagious infection are confirmed in county Kerry.

It’s understood a person infected with the condition took a flight from Dublin to the county in May and passed on the infection.

Dr Martin Boyd is a consultant at University Hospital Kerry’s emergency department he has this advice: