Third case of measles confirmed in Donegal

A third case of measles has now been confirmed in Co Donegal today.

Two cases were confirmed last week and there are two more probable case which have yet to be confirmed.

This morning the Health Service Executive confirmed a third case of measles in Co. Donegal.

It’ says there are two more probable case which are awaiting results from the laboratory in order to be confirmed and several other possible cases of the infection in the county.

Measles is very infectious and the illness can have serious complications, especially for infants under 12 months and those with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms typically include a rash, fever, conjunctivitis or red eyes a cough or runny nose.

The HSE says it is important for anyone who has symptoms of measles to try to avoid spreading the infection to others.

Measles is transmitted through direct contact with an infected person or through the air when the person coughs or sneezes.

It is advising anyone who is worried that they may have measles to call their GP first and inform them.

This is because they might be infectious to others at the GP surgery.