Five further cases of measles have been notified to the Health Service Executive, bringing to 11 the number of cases in the current outbreak.

The HSE has said it is particularly concerned about the risk of measles in children who attended Temple Street Children's University Hospital in recent weeks, who may have been exposed to an infectious case of measles.

The dates, times and departments involved are:

  • Wednesday 25 July 9.30am to 2pm Outpatients Department
  • Thursday 26th July 7.15pm to 12am Emergency Department
  • Friday 27th July 4.20pm to 7.30pm Emergency Department
  • Monday 6th August 2.20pm to 10pm Emergency Department

The HSE said that any adult or child who attended Temple St Hospital on these dates and develops symptoms of measles should stay at home and contact their GP for advice.

It said the risk of measles is for up to 21 days after contact with a case.

Symptoms of the disease include high fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, as well as red rash that starts on the head and spreads down the body.

Vomiting, diarrhoea and tummy pain may also occur.

Dr Helena Murray, HSE Specialist in Public Health Medicine said: "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".