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HSE Appeals for Cooperation Following Measles Fatality

Mullingar: Concerns have escalated in Ireland following the spread of measles and a tragic death attributed to the disease. The Department of Health has issued a cautionary advisory urging vigilance among individuals who may have come into contact with the deceased, particularly in locations he frequented, such as restaurants and public transport.

It has come to light that the individual from West Meath, who succumbed to measles, had visited a restaurant situated in Mullingar Business Park and had utilised a service bus for transportation to the venue. Consequently, the Department of Health has issued a specific alert to passengers and staff of the implicated bus service, as well as to employees and patrons who were present at the restaurant during the individual’s visit.

The timeline of potential exposure spans from Tuesday, January 30 to Monday, February 5 for bus passengers, and the individual’s presence at the restaurant was noted between 2 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. on Monday, January 29. The Health Service Executive (HSE) is actively gathering information regarding individuals present at these locations during the specified timeframe.

In response to the heightened risk, the HSE has recommended a vigilant monitoring period of 21 days for symptoms of measles. Additionally, individuals are encouraged to ensure they are up-to-date with their MMR vaccinations, particularly vulnerable groups such as children under one year old, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems. Any individual exhibiting symptoms indicative of measles, including cold-like symptoms, fever, red eyes, and rash-like spots on the head and neck, is advised to promptly seek medical attention.

Furthermore, the HSE emphasises the importance of MMR vaccination for those who have not yet received it, with exceptions made for individuals born in Ireland before 1978. Children are recommended to receive their first dose of the MMR vaccine at one year of age, followed by a second dose at 4-5 years old. Additionally, a free catch-up MMR vaccination service is available through general practitioners for those who may have missed vaccination opportunities during childhood.

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