Urgent measles warning to all passengers on Ryanair flight

A Ryanair plane
-Credit: (Image: PA Archive/PA Images)

Passengers on board a Ryanair flight to Dublin may have been exposed to measles, according to health officials.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) is advising passengers and crew on board Ryanair flight FR123 between Gatwick and Dublin at 8.10pm last Thursday that they may have been exposed to the contagious disease.

In a public-health statement, the HSE said: "We ask you to be particularly vigilant for symptoms of measles for 21 days from exposure until June 7."

READ MORE: Foreign Office issues health alert after serious illness found in UK travellers

It said those who have either received two MMR vaccines, have previously been infected with measles, or were born in Ireland before 1978, are "probably immune", the Mirror reports.

Those who are not are asked to avoid contact with vulnerable individuals including pregnant people, babies under the age of 12 months, and people with a weakened immune system until after June 7.

Healthcare workers are asked to inform their line manager that they have been in contact with a measles case. Signs and symptoms of measles include cold-like symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing and a cough.

Other symptoms include sore red eyes, a temperature of 38C or above, and a rash, which usually appears on head and neck first and spreads to rest of body.

The HSE said: "If you develop these symptoms, please seek medical advice. Phone ahead prior to attending any healthcare setting to let them know that you have these symptoms, so they can make necessary arrangements to prevent potential further spread to others."

In addition, those who are not vaccinated against measles with two doses of MMR, are asked to contact their GP during normal working hours to discuss whether they require vaccination.

The HSE added: "The best way to protect yourself and those around you against measles is by MMR vaccination. Children should receive their first dose of MMR vaccine at one year of age and a second dose in junior infants at 4-5 years of age."

"There is also a free catch-up MMR option via participating GPs for those who may have missed their vaccination when younger."

Further information about measles is available at: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/measles/. Ryanair has been contacted for comment.