Third confirmed Minnesota measles case prompts international travel warning

A 2-year-old child contracted the disease.
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The third confirmed travel-related case of measles found in Minnesota in the past six weeks has prompted an international travel warning from health officials.

The Minnesota Department of Health is urging anyone planning to leave the country to check they are up-to-date on their vaccinations before they leave.

It comes after a case of measles was identified in a 2-year-old child from Ramsey County, who had recently returned from a trip to the Middle East.

The MDH notes that there are large measles outbreaks happening on several continents right now, including Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America.

"Anyone who travels to these areas who is not fully vaccinated with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is at high risk for contracting measles," it said.

“As we’ve said before, measles, like a number of other vaccine-preventable diseases, is just a plane ride away," director of infectious disease Kris Ehresmann said. "That’s why it’s so important for both adults and children to be up-to-date on the recommended vaccines before they travel."

There is also a risk for those behind on their vaccinations who stay put in Minnesota but come into contact with someone with measles.

The Ramsey County child, who was only partially vaccinated for measles, was likely infectious between Sept. 6 and 14, with local public health staff trying to track down who may have been exposed to them.

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Health care providers in the Twin Cities have been told to be on alert for anyone showing signs of measles, even though the risk to the public is low.

If any additional cases were to develop, they would likely present themselves before Oct. 5.

Children are given two MMR vaccines, one at 12-15 months and the second at 4-6 years old. Those aged 6-12 months should get an early dose if they're traveling to . country where measles are common.

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