It's now uncommon in the United Kingdom because of high vaccination rates although a year ago there were 282 cases of the disease recorded in the United Kingdom, according to WHO.
World Health Organization said Romania had the most cases a year ago with 5,562.
"A lot of people have forgotten the dangers of measles and look at it as even a benign condition", he said, adding that the outbreak of cases in Limerick could be due to close proximity or possibly to a pocket in which vaccination levels fell short at some stage.
To prevent an outbreak, 95 per cent of the population should be immunised.
Anyone can get measles if they haven't already had it, but it is more common in young children. His controversial views have since been widely discredited.
As of the end of 2016, 42 of the 53 countries in the WHO Europe Region had successfully halted endemic measles transmission.
Romania and Italy reported the most cases with 5,562 and 5,006 cases respectively.
The WHO has previously warned that measles is still regularly found in certain areas of the world and it can spread to any country, including those that have eliminated the disease. A Region-wide midterm EVAP progress report will be presented at the 68th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe in September 2018.
All of these were in the final months of the year.
Ministers of health from 11 countries will meet today to discuss working together to achieve the goals set out in the European Vaccine Action Plan by 2020, including measles and rubella elimination.
Dr Rose Fitzgerald, a specialist in public health, said that until they go a couple of weeks without any new cases of measles they must remain vigilant. The MMR vaccine is given for free and forms part of the basic immunisation programme offered to all children born in Malta.
Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia and brain encephalitis.
On January 6 2011, The British Medical Journal published a report showing that of the 12 children included in Wakefield's 1995 study, at most two had autistic symptoms post vaccination, rather than the eight he claimed.
You or your child can be vaccinated at any point if you haven't been fully vaccinated before.