Updated:
Original:

MN measles outbreak: 32 cases, spreads to third county

This is the largest measles outbreak since 1990.

The measles outbreak in Minnesota has reached 32 cases spanning three counties.

Measles cases had been confined to Hennepin County until this week. The Minnesota Department of Health said Thursday it had confirmed a case in Stearns County, and then in its update Friday said there was also a case in Ramsey County.

These 32 cases mark the highest number of measles cases in the state since 1990, KSTP reports. That year, health officials confirmed 460 cases, including three deaths.

In more recent years, there have only been a handful of measles cases, sometimes none – except for 2011, when there were 26 confirmed cases, health department statistics show.

Who's getting measles?

According to the health department, all the confirmed cases involve kids age 0-5, including 31 cases where the child hadn't been vaccinated. In one case, the child had one dose of the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.

The majority of the cases – 28 – involve Somali Minnesotans, who tend to have a lower vaccination rate than the general population. That's due to misinformation about vaccine risks, Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger said earlier this month, noting health officials are working with the Somali community to fight the measles outbreak.

Ehlinger says this outbreak isn't about specific communities, though. People from all backgrounds have decided not to get vaccinated due to "inaccurate information."

Vaccine is the best protection

Getting vaccinated is the best protection against measles – and many other diseasesAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), two doses of the MMR vaccine are 97 percent effective at preventing measles. One dose is 93 percent effective.

That's why the Minnesota Department of Health is urging Minnesota families to get vaccinations for all kids 12 months or older. They say adults who have not had measles and have not been vaccinated should also get the shots, which are administered in two separate doses.

And if you or your child hasn't gotten the second dose of their MMR vaccine, they should talk to their doctor and get it now.

Health officials encourage people who are traveling internationally to make sure they've been vaccinated as well – that's typically how outbreaks start in the U.S. Although measles was eradicated in the U.S. in 2000, it's still around in other countries. So when someone who isn't vaccinated goes overseas, they can bring it back here and infect those who aren't vaccinated by a sneeze, cough or just being in the same room as them.

This month the CDC put out measles alerts for those traveling to Germany, Italy, and Belgium.

Measles symptoms include a high fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes. A rash follows, which typically spreads from the head to the rest of the body. It can be fatal.

For more information about measles (there's a lot) click here and here.

Next Up

CJ Ham

Vikings-Seahawks: 5 things you can count on happening

Can the Vikings finally beat Russell Wilson?

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Residents asked to be on the lookout for at-large suspect in Sauk Rapids

The suspect was last seen near the intersection of Garden Brook Drive Northeast and Strawberry Court Northeast.

Towerside Innovation District

Aquifer energy storage project wins financial backing of Mpls city council

It'll be used to power the Towerside Innovation District near the U of M.

Screen Shot 2021-09-25 at 10.02.45 AM

Bomb threat prompts school evacuation in central Minnesota

A search of the building did not find any suspicious items.

Pexels - beer outside patio brewery

Brewery, taproom moving into former Twin Cities newspaper space

Loons Landing officially signed the lease this week.

Vic Richfield auto theft PD - rectangle crop

Police: Car with dog inside stolen from outside Twin Cities liquor store

They're asking people to be on the lookout for the vehicle.

John Hofer - Chisago County Sheriff's Office

Murder charge filed over inmate's death at Chisago Co. Jail

The man suddenly became unresponsive and died while in a holding cell.

reproductive rights caucus

Minnesota DFL lawmakers form Reproductive Freedom Caucus

The move comes as some Republicans explore proposals to limit abortion access.

Flickr - child wearing mask close up - Nenad Stojkovic

Counties without K-12 mask mandate see sharper rise in child COVID cases

That's according to a new study released Friday by the CDC.

Related

Minnesota's measles outbreak has spread to another county

It's now Minnesota's biggest measles outbreak of the last 20 years.

Update: 9 measles cases confirmed in Hennepin County

Health officials are working with the community to clear up misinformation about vaccines.

The measles outbreak spreads to a 4th Minnesota county

There are now 58 confirmed cases in the state.

Video: Everything you need to know about Minnesota's measles outbreak

What exactly is measles, how can you protect yourself, and why is everyone talking about it?

Third confirmed MN measles case prompts travel warning

A 2-year-old child contracted the disease.

After weeks of quiet, Minnesota sees another new measles case

It's associated with the 78 previous cases that made up the outbreak.

As measles cases pass 50, health commissioner wants $5M emergency fund

Health budgets are eating the $3M cost of responding to Minnesota's measles outbreak.

Allina Health is limiting child visits to its hospitals over measles outbreak

More than 40 people have been infected with measles in Minnesota.