The chief medical officer Prof Breda Smyth has said officials are monitoring Strep A cases in the State, in addition to the possibility that such an infection may have been a contributory factor in the death of a young child.
However, she added that so far this year there had been 55 cases of invasive Strep A, which is lower than previous years before the Covid-19 pandemic. By comparison, there were 136 cases of Strep A detected in 2018, and 108 cases in 2019, Prof Smyth said.
She also urged parents to bring their child to get the nasal flu vaccine, and for those eligible to get their Covid booster jab.
Dublin fatal shooting
Investigations are continuing into the fatal shooting in Dublin on Monday night.
The incident in Ronanstown, west Dublin was one of three shootings which took place on Monday. The two other incidents occurred in Carlow town and Finglas, Dublin.
Gardaí continue to appeal for information in relation to all three of the incidents.
Motorists are being urged to take extra caution on the roads over the coming days as temperatures are set to plunge below zero overnight.
Met Éireann has issued a yellow warned for low temperatures and ice which will take effect at 10pm on Thursday and remain in place until 10am on Friday.
A separate yellow warning for ice has also been added for earlier on Thursday, lasting from midnight to midday.
Gardaí in Donegal conducted a number of searches as part of Operation Thor - which aims to tackle the anticipated increase in burglaries and associated criminal activity over the winter months - on Tuesday, resulting in six arrests.
Officers attached to Letterkenny Garda station carried out searches at four properties across the county on Tuesday morning.
Three men and three women, whose ages range from late teens to early 40s, were arrested and a number of mobile phones, documents and a small amount of cash were seized.