Sign up now for ease of access to The Medical Independent, Ireland’s most frequently published medical newspaper, delivering award-winning news and investigative reporting.

  • receive the eCopy two days prior to the printed edition.
  • can partake in our online MCQs.
  • can enter our online sports quiz. is Ireland's only investigative medical news website for doctors, healthcare professionals and anyone with an interest in health issues.

Established in 2010, along with its sister publication The Medical Independent, our stated aim is to investigate and analyse the major issues affecting healthcare and the medical profession in Ireland. The Medical Independent has won a number of awards for its investigative journalism, and its stories are frequently picked up by national digital, broadcast and print media. The Medical Independent is published by GreenCross Publishing.

Address: Top Floor, 111 Rathmines Road Lr, Dublin 6

Tel: 353 (01) 441 0024

GreenCross Publishing is owned by Graham Cooke.

Neonatal herpes made a notifiable disease

By Mindo - 18th Dec 2018 | 29 views

A gavel is about to hammer down on a stethoscope that is resting on the sounding block.

Minister Harris signed the regulations in the presence of John and Louise Wills, who have advocated for this since the loss of their infant daughter Eibhlín due to complications arising from the disease. 

The Minister said “The loss of an infant is something that most of us cannot even begin to come to terms with, much less turn into something positive. That is what makes the work of both John and Louise so extraordinary and powerful. 
“I hope that the inclusion of neonatal Herpes simplex among the diseases that are notifiable will help, in some small way, to increase public awareness of this disease and the danger that it can represent to newborns. 
“I would encourage expectant mothers, future fathers and extended family members to read Eibhlín’s story on the dedicated website set up by John and Louise ( and to read the sensible precautionary measures there.” 

The Regulations also amend the Infectious Diseases Regulations 1981 to require both confirmed or suspected cases of Creutzfeld Jakob disease and variant Creutzfeld Jakob disease to be notifiable, in line with the other diseases listed as notifiable. 

Carbapenemase-producing enterobacteriaceae, mcr-positive Enterobacteriaceae, and Novel or rare antimicrobial-resistant organisms have also been added to the list of infectious diseases requiring to be notified due to their resistance to certain antibiotics or medical drugs. 

Leave a Reply

Latest Issue
medical news
The Medical Independent 19th May 2022

You need to be logged in to access this content. Please login or sign up using the links below.

Most Read