Health Dept. confirms measles in Hennepin County child

Desiree Burns
August 7, 2018

The Minnesota Department of Health reports a 5-year-old child in Hennepin County was diagnosed with measles earlier this month after returning from global travel to a region where the illness is common. Health officials are now notifying people who may have been exposed.

A case of measles has been confirmed in a child who lives in Hennepin County, according to health officials. It was the state's largest measles outbreak since 1991. It generally takes 8 to 12 days from exposure to the first symptom, which is usually fever.

Anyone showing symptoms should seek medical help.

The child was not vaccinated against measles and was previously hospitalized.

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Health officials say a year ago Minnesota experienced its largest measles outbreak since 1991, with 75 cases between April and August of 2017.

Health officials say the best way to protect against measles is vaccination.

Over a period of several months, some 79 cases were identified, with a lot of them affecting the state's Somali community. "That's why it is so important to make sure you and your family are vaccinated".

While measles were officially eliminated in the 2000, those who travel to different countries can still contract the disease.

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