The cases and deaths "are a tragedy we simply can not accept", she adds.
While Europe has seen a sudden increase in cases, there were 89,780 measles deaths globally in 2016, an annual rate that fell below 100,000 for the first time. This is compared to a record low of 5,273 cases the previous year.
An ongoing outbreak in the Limerick area is now being investigated by the Measles Outbreak Control Team. One of the worst recent years was 2013, when there were more than 10,000 cases across Europe.
Worldwide health chiefs have calculated that there has been a 400 per cent rise in the number of measles across Europe in the past year. "Travelers with measles continue to bring the disease into the U.S. Measles can spread when it reaches a community in the U.S. where groups of people are unvaccinated".
"Unfortunately, it has been hard to get the message across to parents that MMR (measles, mumps and rubella vaccine) is safe".
Experts say that to control measles, 95 percent of the population must be vaccinated or immune because of a past infection. MMR vaccine is used in 90 countries around the world and the World Health Organisation recognises MMR as a highly effective vaccine with an outstanding safety record.More news: Remnants of Tropical Cyclone Gita Bring Heavy Rain, Flooding to New Zealand
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The spokesperson said: "If people are unsure of their vaccination status they are advised to get an MMR vaccine, as even if they do have 2 doses of MMR a third dose is not harmful".
The WHO revealed that 15 countries in the European region experienced large outbreaks a year ago - that is 100 or more cases.
The countries with the biggest outbreaks were Romania and Italy, each of which saw more than 5,000 cases, and Ukraine, with more than 4,700 cases.
According to the HSE's latest update there is an ongoing outbreak of measles in the midwest region and since October 2017 more than 10 cases have occurred in the Dublin and north east region.
"Global measles deaths have decreased by 84 percent worldwide in recent years - from 550,100 deaths in 2000 to 89,780 in 2016", World Health Organization says.