MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – State health officials say a 5-year-old child in the Twin Cities was hospitalized with measles and may have been a risk to others over the past week.

The Minnesota Department of Health says the child lives in Hennepin County and became ill earlier this month after returning from a country where the disease is common.

Public health officials are now reaching out to people who might have been exposed to the virus.

The symptoms of measles include high fever, cough, runny nose, and a large rash. It generally takes between eight to 12 days for symptoms to show.

Anyone showing symptoms should seek medical help. The disease is highly contagious.

Health officials say the best way to protect against measles is vaccination. The child who became infected with it this month was not vaccinated.

Last year, Minnesota experienced its biggest measles outbreak in over 20 years.

Over a period of several months, some 79 cases were identified, with most of them affecting the state’s Somali community.

In response, state health officials worked with the community to combat suspicions surrounding vaccines, which some believed were linked to autism, despite a lack of evidence.

Kris Ehresmann, the director of the health department’s infectious disease division, says it’s important for parents to make sure everyone in the family is vaccinated.

“We still have pockets of our population with low vaccination rates, so as long as there is measles somewhere in the world, the risk to Minnesota remains,” she said, in a statement.

Children should receive two doses of vaccination: one between 12 to 15 months, and another between the ages of 4 and 6.

Officials urge people to make sure they’ve had the vaccine before traveling to a country where the disease is common.

Comments (5)
  1. Here’s a question, possibly for a lawyer. Suppose you have a kid who, for a real medical reason, can’t take a measles shot. An anti-vax true believer fails to get her otherwise healthy child vaccinated. That child gets measles; your sickly child catches the measles from her child and becomes very sick or even dies. Can you sue the woman who had no excuse other than superstition to fail to vaccinate her child?

  2. You have every right to seek justice, and should definitely sue Amy Jean Klobuchar. She is the elected social liberal air-head who got the federal law repealed that required that all persons coming from countries/regions with endemic communicable and deadly diseases be vaccinated against those diseases before boarding the free plane rides to Minnesota for lifetime membership on the welfare graveyboat at Minnesota taxpayer expense.

    It is not just Ebola, … that Amy is bringing into the classrooms , but also antibiotic resistant tuberculosis, measles, mumps, chickenpox, and on and on along with AIDS, MARSA Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcu, and a host of other incurable diseases.

  3. Unfortunately, wild measles is the disease that confers lifelong immunity that can protect even an infant child through their mother’s breastmilk. As an adult who was fully vaccinated as a child, I cannot give my infant child this protection and the CDC states that I am “probably” protected for my entire life though there is reason to doubt this. (How often do adults get checked for immunity, may I ask?) Furthermore, the symptoms, ie the cell-mediated response, of wild measles is the body getting rid of the toxins and poisons of the organism and the organism itself. With little to no cell-mediated response but with an antibody response, how does the child’s body get rid of the toxins of the attenuated strain? Chronic autoimmune diseases (ie. elevated antibodies without the cell-mediated response just like in vaccinations) are rampant in adults. Did we trade common childhood diseases for chronic ones?