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Acute flaccid paralysis – also known as acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) – is a rare illness in which certain muscles in the body become paralysed. Child(...)

Gardeners should always wear gloves, and wash their hands immediately after working with compost mix or potted plants.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Gardeners have been warned the summer of dry weather and high temperatures may increase the risk of picking up infections from compost. Compost and (...)

The recent outbreak of measles is spreading across the country, with 40 cases now confirmed by the Health Service Executive (HSE). The outbreak, whic(...)

The level of flu activity is one of the highest reported since surveillance began in 2000.

Flu activity in the Republic is currently at record levels, and more people have been hospitalised from the condition this season than ever before. T(...)

A white-tailed sea eagle. File photograph: iStock

A white-tailed sea eagle found dead in Co Tipperary was carrying the only case detected in Ireland so far of a highly infectious strain of bird flu, i(...)

There have been 270 influenza-related hospitalisations so far in the 2016/2017 season, leading to 15 admissions to critical care units. Photograph: Frank Miller

Seven people have died from the flu so far this winter season, new figures confirm. The latest tally is included in a weekly monitoring report from t(...)

A handout from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing a thin-section transmission electron micrograph of a single virus particle of measles virus. Health officials have issued a warning about an outbreak of adult measles in Co Cork. Photograph: CDC via Getty Images.

Health officials have issued a warning about an outbreak of adult measles in Co Cork. The HSE is also attempting to trace people who may have come i(...)

Latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) show there have been 1,258 confirmed cases of hospitalisation caused by influenza during the 2015/2016 season, with swine flu accounting for the highest number of hospital cases.  Photograph: Getty Images.

Six more people died from swine flu in the first week of March, bringing the 2015/2016 seasonal total to 26. Overall, 38 people have died from variou(...)

The HSE is carrying out a survey of gay and bisexual men in an attempt to reduce the high levels of HIV among men who have sex with men

The HSE is carrying out a survey of gay and bisexual men in an attempt to reduce the high levels of HIV among men who have sex with men.This group acc(...)

Medical experts have urged people to get vaccinated for MMR following the doubling of mumps cases in the last year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

The number of mumps cases this year has more than doubled over 2013, prompting medical experts to urge people to get vaccinated against the infection.(...)

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