MEASLES OUTBREAK: 24 HOURS LATER, HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW.

\The number of measles cases rose by 4 over the weekend. The total is now 58 cases with 55 being children.

This is the biggest outbreak of measles in Minnesota since 1990 when their were 460 cases. Three children died.

Health officials say most of the cases in this outbreak are concentrated within Hennepin County’s Somali-American community and involve people who were not vaccinated against the disease.

The two in Le Sueur County were directly related to contact with those in Crow Wing County. They are both children under 5 who were not vaccinated.

The state can get a court order to quarantine people within their homes, although officials have stressed there were no cases currently where quarantine is being considered.

State health officials are emphasizing the best way to avoid infection is to get vaccinated.

 

 

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