A child in the Twin Cities has been diagnosed with a case of the measles, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced Tuesday.
The child infected is 5 years old and is believed to have contracted measles while on an international trip to a region where the virus common, MDH officials say.
The child became ill in early August and was likely infectious from July 30 through Aug. 7.
Staff at the clinic and hospital the child was treated at – neither has been identified to the public – have been notified, as have/will anyone who might've been exposed to the child.
The child was not vaccinated for measles.
All health care providers in Minnesota have been alerted and asked to keep an eye out for patients with signs or symptoms of measles, which include high fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes.
It is followed by a rash that can spread from the head to the rest of the body. It can spread easily through coughing, sneezing or simply being in the same room as someone who has it.
It can take 8-12 days from exposure before symptoms arise, so any future measles cases would likely happen between now and Aug. 28.
There were 75 measles cases in Minnesota last year, the highest in the state since an outbreak in 1991. Of those 75 cases, 91 percent involved patients who were not vaccinated, the MDH notes.
MDH advises all children to receive the measles vaccine when they are 12-15 months old, and again between 4-6 years old.
There are an average of one to four measles cases in Minnesota each year.