The Department of Public Health has been notified of two confirmed cases of measles in students at NUI Galway.
The HSE has advised that measles is highly contagious and can cause serious complications particularly for children. Any student who has not had two doses of MMR vaccine should be vaccinated as soon as possible; students should establish with their families if they are fully vaccinated and protected.
Dr. Diarmuid O’Donovan, Public Health Director for Galway, Mayo and Roscommon said, “The only way to prevent measles is by vaccination and it is essential that non-vaccinated students ensure that they get fully vaccinated immediately. The Public Health Department is working closely with NUI Galway to provide advice and assistance in dealing with this outbreak. If necessary the Public Health Department will provide on site clinics should the numbers requiring vaccination be significant. Hand washing is really important in controlling the spread of infectious diseases.”
The key symptoms to watch out for are a skin rash, high temperature, cough, runny nose, and red or watery eyes.
The HSE said it is absolutely imperative that students who are ill do not attend the university until four days after the rash appears and the student is fully well again. Students are being advised to contact their GP by phone if unwell; they should not attend the GP clinic without ringing first.
“Unvaccinated housemates of cases of measles will need to stay at home for a number of days depending on when they were exposed. This is to avoid transmitting measles to others.”