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First Case Of Rubella In Ireland Since 2009 Confirmed

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

5:06 PM - 25 Feb 2020



The first case of rubella in Ireland since 2009 has been confirmed.

Local media in Cork reports that the case was identified at a company in the city.

The Department of Public Health for HSE South says it was notified of the case in recent weeks, but cannot comment on any specifics.

They say all precautionary steps have been taken to alert anyone who may have been in contact with the individual.

In a statement, the Department of Public Health said they have been in touch with GPs in the area where the new case was detected.

They said: "GPs in the area have been asked for their support in maintaining increased surveillance, and also to encourage any non-vaccinated individuals born after 1978 (less than 42 years of age) to get the MMR vaccine.

"The vaccine is free of charge, and available from your GP.

"Dr Augustine Pereira, Director of Public Health, HSE South advised that the best protection from rubella is the MMR vaccine."

Rubella is a contagious disease caused by a virus, and it is one of the country's notifiable diseases - meaning doctors must alert the HSE of any suspected cases.

It is usually a mild disease, with symptoms including a 'low grade fever' and a red rash.

However, it can be dangerous for pregnant women, as the disease may be passed on to the unborn baby.



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