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Third case of measles confirmed in Ireland

A third case of measles has been confirmed in Ireland, the Health Service Executive has said.

HSE Public Health is asking some of the passengers who travelled on Etihad Airways flight EY45 from Abu Dhabi to Dublin, which arrived on Saturday 9 March 2024 at 6.30am, to contact HSELive urgently at 1800 700 700, or 00 353 1 240 8787 if calling from outside of Ireland.

This is because a confirmed case of measles travelled on this flight.

The HSE said it particularly relates to any passenger on this flight who is a pregnant woman, immunocompromised, or under the age of 12 months old.

The first measles case this year in early February resulted in the death of a man in his 40s in a hospital in the Dublin and Midlands Health Region.

A second case was notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre on 6 March in the west of the country.

With a rise in cases reported in the UK and Europe, the HSE is preparing a measles vaccination catch-up programme targeting around 300,000 people.

Measles is a highly infectious disease that can cause serious complications, particularly in children under one year of age, pregnant women, and the immunosuppressed.

There were four measles cases reported in 2023, two reported in 2022, no cases reported in 2021 and five cases were reported in 2020.

There were no deaths reported in any of those years.

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