ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health says they have found an 11th case of measles in Minnesota.
Before this outbreak, there had only been 22 cases in the state in the last 13 years. There were only three cases last year.
The health department reported that it is believed the outbreak started with an infant who went to Kenya and came back to Minnesota early February.
According to the health department, four of the cases involved children too young to receive a vaccination for measles. Five were old enough but didn’t receive the vaccination. It’s not known whether the ninth child was inoculated.
The cases range in age from 4 months old to 35 years old.
Doctors and health care providers are currently being told to check every patient — including adults — to make sure they’ve had their shots. Parents in particular are urged to make sure their kids’ shots are up to date. Click here for upcoming vaccination clinics. For more information about the illness, click here.
Five people have been hospitalized, but no one has yet died from the illness.