DUBLIN, Ireland - The Health Service Executive (HSE) has raised an alarm after confirming more cases of measles in Dublin.
Health officials said on Friday that they had confirmed five further cases of measles - bringing the total number of cases in a recent outbreak to 11.
The first two cases of measles were notified in Dublin last month, in an adult and a child who had recently returned from mainland Europe.
However, despite warnings the number of measles cases in Dublin has risen and now the HSE has repeated its warnings.
Dr Helena Murray, HSE Specialist in Public Health Medicine has pointed out, "Measles can be a serious illness and is highly infectious. The best protection is to be vaccinated with two doses of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine.”
HSE has also released details about the spread of the illness, in a bid to educate and alert people.
Officials said that they are “particularly concerned” about those who attended Temple Street Children's Hospital on a number of dates.
According to the HSE, in Dublin, cases have been reported in children and adults who are in contact with others who have had the disease in the community.
HS uE said that the risk of measles lasts for up to 21 days after contact.
It added that symptoms of measles include a high fever, runny nose, red eyes and a red rash that 'starts on the head and spreads down the body.”