MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) said there have been three more cases of measles since an infant came down with the illness on March 4.
The three new cases happened in children between 23 months and 4 years old. They all live in Minneapolis and the MDH said they likely became infected in the city too.
The three children became sick between March 1-9. Two of the kids were hospitalized, but all are recovering.
The MDH continues to investigate all three cases and is urging parents to get their children vaccinated if they haven’t. Click here for upcoming vaccination clinics.
“Contrary to misinformation that may still be circulating, the measles vaccine is safe and effective. Without it, the risk of disease is real. Children can die from measles,” said Dr. Edward Ehlinger, Minnesota Commissioner of Health, in a press release.
Two of the children in these new cases were not vaccinated. The vaccination history of the other child isn’t known. The infant in the other case was too young to be vaccinated.
The MDH said symptoms to look out for include getting a fever, runny nose, cough, loss of appetite, watery eyes and a rash. For more information, click here.