(St. Paul, MN) – The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating a case of measles in a child who lives in Hennepin County.
The five-year-old, who was not vaccinated against measles, became ill earlier this month, shortly after returning from international travel to a region where measles is common. The child was likely infectious from July 30 through August 7th.
Local public health staff, as well as clinic and hospital staff where the child was treated, are notifying people who may have been exposed in specific settings.
Last year, Minnesota experienced its largest measles outbreak since 1991, with 75 cases, including two in Le Sueur County. In the vast majority of those cases, 91%, those infected were not vaccinated.
Measles is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Symptoms include a high fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes followed by a rash that typically spreads from the head to the rest of the body.
Measles is highly contagious and spreads easily by coughing, sneezing or even being in the same room with someone who has measles.
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