ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Health Department says a 12-month-old Dakota County resident is in critical condition with a measles infection. A second infant is also hospitalized with measles.

The Health Department says Friday the 12-month-old become ill in August after returning from Kenya, where there’s a measles epidemic. The second child became ill after visiting the first child.

The Health Department says neither child had been vaccinated against measles.

The department’s Dr. Aaron DeVries says the cases show the importance of vaccinations, which he says are safe and effective. He notes that measles can be very serious, even fatal.

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Comments (15)
  1. Sam I am says:

    I suppose asking them to get vaccinated is far to much to do. Let have them infect everyone else here.

    Yeah thats the ticket.

  2. Joe says:

    Let me guess. These are Somalians who objected to vaccinations. Shouldn’t they be required to be vaccinated before entering the country? I like Somalian people but I really don’t like their refusal to do certain things based on weird religious or cultural beliefs.

    1. Theresa says:

      Perhaps you shouldn’t jump to conclusions. There are a lot of people within the USA that will not vaccinate their children and it isn’t always due to religious beliefs. I know someone who did not vaccinate their child because he has a comprimised immune system due to a genetic disease.

  3. jimmy jesus says:

    here we go again it s a shame but hey i will pray for you, racism is a disease

  4. Tim Brenna says:

    hey jimmy jesus, don’t play the race card just because somalis are putting the rest of society at risk due to ignorance. the reason we don’t have a measles epidemic is because people here do the right thing and get vaccinated.just as there are many freedoms here being reckless isn’t one of them.Signed, a veteran& american taxpayer-

    1. limonade+whisky=? says:

      we see only two name,s here Deveries we all know that’s a dutch, and Kenya it s country but i wonder how we come up with this name , Somalis how do we know that child are a Somali, what are u guy z and gay z and girls smoking ? must be good *****

  5. Marjorie says:

    Pretty soon we will have all the diseases that were under control for years, back at us again. Our own have to have all the extra vaccinations because the immigrants and those that believe autism is from iinnoculations only, don’t have their children innoculated. Didn’t an article just get printed that suggested there is some heredity factor involved also in autism? Why should our children and also adults risk serious illness and death because of those who won’t have the sera. We might have to revert back to an Ellis Island type of screening.

    1. kate says:

      There are a lot of problems around the country (and in other countries like the UK and Australia) because of pasty white people choosing not to vaccinate because they believe quacks that appear on daytime talk shows. The ones that want to sell you stuff.
      My SIL believes those cranks and won’t do real vaccines, she wants to do homepathic nonsense. And she is very white. And surprisingly well educated to belive in that myth.

  6. PLEASE Vaccinate says:

    Just a thought…12 months is the EARLIEST you can get the MMR vaccine for Measles, Mumps and Rubella. It’s possible that they were going to be vaccinated but hadn’t yet had a chance to (depending on when their birthdays were)….

  7. reader says:

    MMR vaccine schedule per CDC — 1st injection – 12 mo – 15 mo
    2nd injection 4-6 yrs.

  8. Vaccines do NOT equal immunity. says:

    Vaccines do NOT equal immunity. They did NOT eradicate, or lessen, the diseases in which we vaccinate against. If you look at the charts, ALL of these diseases were well on decline prior to a vaccine being invented. Please educate yourselves.

    1. Kate says:

      No, they weren’t on the decline. The vaccines are what are causing them to decline. Until we get it eliminated around the world, like smallpox was, it can still come back. Huh, smallpox. Which was wiped out by vaccinating. And Polio is almost there. Measles could be in the next 10-15 years.

      Vaccines are not 100% effective – some people can still catch it. But it cuts way down on the cases so it is rare that a suceptible person runs into someone carrying it.
      And it sure beats children ending up in the hospital and dying.

  9. MommyDearest says:

    Perhaps you shouldn’t bring your child to a country that is having outbreaks if they aren’t old enough or isn’t vaccinated?? Just a thought?

  10. melissa says:

    When someone leaves the country to visit another country, depending on the destination, aren’t they required to get certain vaccinations? When my father and mother visited Africa they had to get a ton of vaccines. But the vaccination schedule for MMR doesn’t start until 12 months, like the earlier posts said.

  11. Kevin says:

    Aint diversity grand????

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