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MDH Outbreak Overview 

Measles Situational Update for Local Public Health 5/22/2017

The Minnesota Department of Health continues to work with partners to stop the spread of measles.  Below is an update of the current situation.  For the most up-to-date information, please visit the MDH measles outbreak webpage .

Epidemiology of the Outbreak:

·         69 total cases:

o    59 in Hennepin County

o    4 in Ramsey County

o    4 in Crow Wing County

o    2 in Le Sueur County


·         Age:

o    66 in children (ages 0-17 years)

o    3 cases in adults

Ryan swafford, ms, mph

South Central District Epidemiologist
Minnesota Department of Health
Epidemiology Field Services

12 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 2105
Mankato, MN 56001

p 507-344-2717 | c 507-358-1563

For Parents and Caregivers
If you think you or your child has been exposed to measles
  • Watch for symptoms of measles. Measles symptoms begin with a fever, cough, runny nose, and watery eyes. Then a rash develops that usually spreads from the head to the rest of the body.

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.

People at high risk of getting measles

  • Measles spreads easily among people who are not vaccinated.
  • 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.