Health Department: Measles Outbreak Contained, Somali Education Continues

July 08, 2017 11:35 PM

Minnesota has been dealing with its worst measles outbreak in years, but state health officials say it has been contained. That's not stopping continued outreach to the Somali community where a majority of the cases have been confirmed.

University of Minnesota researchers held a town hall Saturday to talk about recent measles cases.


RELATED: Somali Health Workers Strive to Educate During Measles Outbreak

Experts say some in the Somali community choose not to vaccinate their children for fear of Autism, but panelists reassured those in attendance vaccines are necessary. 

"This is a serious disease, and we want to make sure that we're taking advantage of the tool we do have," said Kirsten Ehresmann of the Minnesota Department of Health. "It's a safe tool, and we want people to be vaccinated so we can prevent additional cases." 

Audience questions focused connections between diseases and vaccines.

Currently, MDH reports 78 confirmed cases of the measles. Sixty-nine of those cases are in Hennepin County, and a majority of the cases are children.



Theresa Malloy

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