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The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed 2 new cases of the measles have made it to LeSueur County.

More news as it becomes available. Here is a brief explanation from the MDH of how it spreads and how to prevent it.

  • Measles spreads easily among people who are not vaccinated.
    • Unvaccinated people who are exposed to measles will be contacted by public health or a health care facility and asked to stay home for up to 21 days. This means not going to school, child care, work, and other places where many people gather.
  • Areas with low immunization rates are a concern not only for those who are unvaccinated by choice, but also for those who cannot be vaccinated due to health status or age.
  • Vaccination recommendations
    • All Minnesota children 12 months and older who have not received a measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine should get it now.
      • Babies younger than 12 months may have some protection from their mothers if their mothers have been vacccinated or have had measles.
    • Adults born in 1957 or later who have never received the MMR vaccine and have never had measles should get the vaccine now.
    • The following children should get their second dose of MMR vaccine as soon as possible but at least 28 days after the first:
      • Somali Minnesotan children statewide.
      • Children in Hennepin, Ramsey, and Crow Wing counties.
    • Health care providers may recommend an early second dose of the MMR vaccine during routine appointments for children statewide.

    If you or your child has symptoms of measles

    • Call your doctor or clinic right away if you see symptoms of measles. Your doctor or clinic will let you know if you need to come in for a visit.
    • Symptoms include:
      • Fever, cough, runny nose, and watery eyes.
      • Then a rash develops that usually spreads from the head to the rest of the body.


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