A man who had measles has died in a hospital in Ireland, the country’s health service executive (HSE) has said.
It is the first confirmed measles case in Ireland in 2024.
There were four measles cases reported in the country in 2023 and two in 2022.
While no cases were reported in 2021, there were five recorded in 2020, the HSE said, with no deaths reported in any of those years.
The man died in a hospital in the Dublin and Midlands health region.
The HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre was notified of the man’s death.
“HSE public health teams, along with the HSE measles national incident management team (IMT), are taking all necessary public health actions in relation to the case,” the HSE said in a statement on Wednesday.
“The HSE measles IMT was established in response to a recent rise in measles cases in the UK and Europe.
“The HSE will keep the public informed of further measures and, in the meantime, anyone with concerns should contact their GP.”
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