Minnesota Measles Outbreak Hits 20 Cases

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The state Health Department is confirming three more cases of measles in Minnesota, bringing this year’s total to 20. That’s twice the number of confirmed cases seen in the state during the past 10 years.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that two of the new cases reported Friday are part of an outbreak that started in February when a 2-year-old was infected during a trip to Kenya.

That outbreak now has 17 related cases. The third new case is an isolated case in which the source of the infection isn’t known.

There have been 10 hospitalizations and no deaths in this year’s outbreak.

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  • garyjr

    They need to make immunization a manditory part of entering the country to live. We all know who’s bringing in these diseases… They are going to be the death of us all yet…

    • Rick

      If you’ve been properly immunized then what do you care?

  • Michele

    I care because children under 12 months old can’t receive the vaccine yet are then exposed.

    • garyjr

      Yeah Rick, you moron. Michele with one L is right.

      • Jake

        Is this what we call ‘progress’?? Rick, you are a GOOF. I’d
        say it harsher, but I want EDUCATED people to see this post.

  • XtianInEdina

    Garyjr…”We all know” what? Sorry I don’t. Fill me in. You wouldn’t be referring to our dear friends and neighbors from overseas would you?
    Truth is, it’s the conspiracy nuts who think the government is out to get them who choose not to get their kids vaccinated. The irony is they get risk more harm to their children – and their peers – by NOT getting the vaccine. My son is 15 months old and has luckily had his MMR shot and a booster shot by choice. It’s scary to think there are parents who would risk their child’s safety or other children’s safety- because of unsubstantiated fears and biases. But you wouldn’t know anything that right?

  • T

    Some parents are not immunizing there children; (autism scare)!! these same parents then feed there children,,- twinkys !!!

    • fred


  • Sam I am

    I have a question. The MMR is given in 2 doses 12 months and 12 years of age. What happens to the effectiveness of the shot say at age 11 1/2. Is my child who wont get the second shot for another 6 months at risk of being able to contract measles.

    If they want to enter this country they need to get vaccinated, learn english and be financially sponsored by someone.

  • pat

    I agree with Sam I Am about if they want to enter this country they should have to get vaccinated before or right when they enter this country. Aslo they should not let many more people come over here right now since our country is struggling financally and there not that many jobs here right now as it is.

  • SickOfIT

    Let’s let more of them in, they are turning our once great city into a dump look at Burnsville for one example. We must ask ourselves WHY do these people come to Minnesota of all places? It isn’t the weather, it is the fact the we are the easiest to get welfare from. We welcome garbage because we give them free money. Dayton needs to do some “Barbaric” cuts. If you can’t afford babies, QUIT MAKING THEM! It is the financially stable that suffer due to our state carrying the garbage. It’s time to wake up Minnesota and return to the great state we once were.

  • Michele

    Actually the MMR vaccine is given at 12 months old and 5 years old. Usually the 2 doses provide most people with life long protection. If you question if you are still protected you can have your blood drawn to check your immunity.

  • Felicia

    Kay, first of all. Not all parents are not vaccinating because of the autism scare, and not all are not vaccinating and then feeding their kids twinkys… Have you guys ever researched vaccinations, or asked your dr’s where they learned about vaccinations. The FDA’s webpage has the inserts from each childhood vaccination and after reading them and showing them to multiple dr’s not one of them could tell me to vaccinate my children. They all looked at me and apologized. And vaccinated people get diseases that they were vaccinated against all the time, so they are putting everyone at risk all the same (if that is your theory). Just throwing another point of view in. I don’t judge any parents that vaccinate their children (even though yes, after getting the MMR or Chicken pox vaccine they are putting infants at risk to get those diseases as the vaccines have been proven to cause the virus even if it may be milder, it may not be)

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