Measles outbreak in Crow Wing County grows with 3 new cases

Measles outbreak in Crow Wing County grows with 3 new cases

Measles outbreak in Crow Wing County grows with 3 new cases

Minnesota Health Department officials said the increase was expected, as all of the Crow Wing cases involve children who were not vaccinated against the measles.

Now in Minnesota, there have been 51 confirmed cases of measles.

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The historic measles outbreak began about a month ago, according to Patsy Stinchfield, the director for infection control at Children's Minnesota. He further said that they had three children died in Minnesota from measles and two of them died at their hospital. Ehresmann said with such low levels of vaccination, public health officials have been anxious about an outbreak for some time. We have not had cases, but we share a border and our communities are intertwined, and the measles will find the individuals who are unprotected. Measles is one of the most infectious viruses known, and it can hang in the air of a room for two hours after an infected person leaves.

Health officials urge anyone in the affected counties who lacks immunity to get the MMR vaccine, which protects against the measles, mumps and rubella.

Fourteen of those cases were from newly arrived refugees, eleven of whom were diagnosed with active TB in medical screenings overseas but were nonetheless allowed to resettle in Minnesota by the Obama administration's Department of Homeland Security.

Local health care providers say if you think you have the measles, call your doctor before coming to the clinic.

She said the state and Hennepin County, which covers Minneapolis, had checked on 8,000 possible exposures to measles. While it is the duty of the Minnesota Health Department to respond to the threats swiftly, it can not continuously divert resources and funds from other important health services and channel its focus on "disease outbreaks and threats".

Forty-six of the 51 measles cases were reported among this population.

Ehlinger revealed that the department's funds were also stretched as it had to screen travelers and pregnant women for Zika virus.

The commissioner says current state funding doesn't give health officials the flexibility needed to deal with emerging disease threats.

State and local health departments have been complaining for years that their resources are stretched, even as they lay off more staff.

The news site WorldNetDaily often runs articles that criticize vaccines and vaccinations, but the site appeared to blame Muslims in Minnesota for not vaccinating their children on May 10.

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