ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Minnesota officials are declaring the state’s measles outbreak over.

It’s been six weeks since the state’s last measles case. The totals from the state’s worst outbreak in years stand at 23 cases including 14 children who had to be hospitalized. But there were no deaths.

Patsy Stinchfield, the director of infectious disease at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, said they are relieved but there is still work to be done.

“We really can’t let down our guard on immunizing children, on getting that second dose in, for all of us to make sure we have had our Measles Mumps Rubella shots, otherwise measles will come back, and will spread,” she said.

Several cases involved unvaccinated children in the Somali community, where many families fear there’s a link between the vaccine and autism.

The outbreak started when a 2-year-old of Somali descent became ill in February, about two weeks after returning from a trip to Kenya.

Stinchfield said they did a lot of work in the Somali Community.

“We did a lot of work in the Somali community in trying to listen to concerns about vaccines. But this wasn’t just isolated to the Somali community. We had all cultures represented in those who had the measles,” she said.

Stinchfield said in 1990 there were 440 cases and three deaths. At that time, there was a 60 percent vaccination rate.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Susie Jones Reports

Comments (3)
  1. Mike D says:

    I think the best U. S. President we ever had was Sara Palin.

  2. Doris says:

    Pat Boone gave us a balanced buget and Gene Autry developed a vacine to battle hemroids.

  3. Murph says:

    I can see president Palin riding her malamute from city to city warning the crooks about the police! So the citizenry should be ready to muster a militia to replace the military which will be busy attacking Canada for blocking her view of Russia from the White House ! Vice president Pawlenty having euthanized all the poor ,sick and elderly,will take credit for the top 2% being now able to pay zero taxes because the work camps Bush refurbished will now be filled with lots of volunteer slaves as the workday for everyone else is now 23/7 with no benefits!

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