Number of Diagnosed Measles Cases Rises to 73 in State

Number of Diagnosed Measles Cases Rises to 73 in State Photo: KSTP

June 01, 2017 01:41 PM

After almost two weeks in which the number of new measles cases diagnosed in Minnesota seemed to plateau, those numbers rose again Thursday.

According to numbers posted on the Minnesota Department of Health website, three new cases in Hennepin County have brought the total number of individuals diagnosed during the current outbreak to 73.


RELATED: Measles Total Increases by 2 Even as Health Officials See Slowdown

That now includes 64 cases in Hennepin County, four in Crow Wing County, three in Ramsey County and two in Le Sueur County.

Sixty-eight of those cases have come in individuals who have been confirmed to have been unvaccinated. Two individuals had one dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. Three had two doses.

RELATED: Measles Total Drops By 1 in Minnesota

Seventy of those cases have come in children between the ages of 0 and 17. Three of those diagnosed have been adults.

Sixty of the cases have come in the Somali Minnesotan community. Nine of the cases have come in those with a race/ethnicity listed as White/Non-Hispanic. Three have come in those listed as White/Hispanic. One case is unknown/pending when it comes to race/ethnicity.

RELATED: Three New Measles Cases in Hennepin County

It remains the worst outbreak in Minnesota since 1990 when 460 cases were diagnosed, leading to three fatalities.



Frank Rajkowski

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