Measles outbreak in NUI Galway – March 2013.

The Department of Public Health has been notified of two confirmed cases of measles in students at NUI Galway.

Measles is highly contagious and can cause serious complications. It is possible that students in other institutions may develop measles. The only way to prevent measles is by vaccination.

Any student who has NOT had two doses of MMR vaccine should be vaccinated as soon as possible.

Handwashing helps stop the spread of infectious diseases.

If you have a skin rash, high temperature, cough, runny nose or red or watery eyes please do not go to college until 4 days after the onset of symptoms and you are well again. If you are unwell you should contact your G.P. or IT Sligo student health department by phone (0719305463/ 0719155205).

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.

Due to the frequent inter-action between students from other universities/colleges from other parts of the country with students from NUIG, the HSE would like to remind all third level students in Ireland that they too should ensure that they are fully vaccinated against Measles with the MMR vaccine (two doses). Students should establish with their families if they are fully vaccinated and protected. If they do not have any record of MMR vaccination they should contact their GP or student health service and obtain vaccination as soon as possible.

Symptoms develop 9-11 days after becoming infected and last up to 14 days from the first signs to the end of the rash. The first stage of measles includes irritability, a runny nose, conjunctivitis (red eyes), a hacking cough and an increasing fever that comes and goes. These symptoms may last up to 8 days. The rash starts from day 4. It usually starts on the forehead and spreads downwards over the face, neck and body. The rash consists of flat red or brown blotches, which can flow into each other. It lasts 4-7 days. There can also be diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Student Health Department, IT Sligo
T: 0719305463 or 0719155205
Email: studenthealthservices@itsligo.ie

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