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Measles cases on the rise - report

While incidences of MRSA were the lowest ever recorded by the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre, the number of measles cases in Ireland rose by 149 per cent last year.

THE NUMBER OF measles cases in Ireland rose by 149 per cent last year, according to the latest report by the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

The HPSC said that while MRSA infection rates were at their lowest level since surveillance began, cases of measles were on the increase. The greatest rise in cases were among Traveller and Roma communities and within families who did not have children vaccinated against vaccine-preventable diseases, according to the HPSC report.

Some 403 cases of measles were reported in 2010 and, of those, 108 required hospitalisation. In comparison, just 162 cases were recorded during the previous year.

Outbreaks of measles were also recorded in other European countries during 2010.

Meanwhile, rates of MRSA fell by 14 per cent in 2010 on the previous year – and are now at the lowest levels recorded by the HPSC. Similarly, cases of C-Dificile fell by 11 per cent during 2010.

Read in full: HPSC Annual Report 2010>

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