We are currently carrying out a National Incidence Study trying to calculate the number of new cases of multiple sclerosis diagnosed in Ireland from 1st March 2014 to 28th February 2015.
The estimated number of new cases in Ireland is 4-7/100,000 = 184 – 322 per year.
There is evidence that the incidence is increasing worldwide and we are keen to see if Ireland is following this trend. This will be important for planning for services in the future. To date we have identified 137 cases and the figure above outlines the distribution by county of residence.
If you have been diagnosed since 1st March 2014 by your neurologist and would like to be involved you can contact the study team on the number or email below. Taking part is easy and can be as simple as a phone call or a once off assessment with the study team.
I would like to thank everyone who has participated so far, your help is greatly appreciated.
originally published 4th February 2015