Measles Outbreak Now at 32, Highest Number Since 1990

April 28, 2017 10:19 PM

The number of confirmed cases of measles continues to rise, and the outbreak has now stretched to a third county.

The Minnesota Department of Health said there are now 32 confirmed cases of the illness, including a new one in Ramsey County.

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That's the most since a severe outbreak in 1990 when 460 cases were diagnosed in the state, including three deaths.

RELATED: Measles Spreads to Stearns County; Outbreak Surpasses 20-Year Record

The current outbreak had been confined to Hennepin County, but on Thursday a case was confirmed in Stearns County as well.

All of the cases are children ages 0 to 5, and 31 of the 32 cases are children who have been confirmed to have been unvaccinated.

Thirty of the confirmed cases are in Hennepin County, and 28 of the children are Somali Minnesotan.

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