ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health reports a 12th confirmed case of measles in Minnesota.
The cases range from 4 months old to a patient 35 years old. Officials report that in four of the cases, the children were too young to receive a vaccination for measles. Six were old enough but didn’t receive the vaccination and two have an unknown vaccine status.
So far six people have been hospitalized, but no one has yet died from the illness.
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.
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.