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

Measles Spreads to Stearns County; Outbreak Surpasses 20-Year Record Photo: KSTP/File

April 27, 2017 01:30 PM

The Minnesota Deapartment of Health reports the state's measles outbreak has spread from Hennepin County to Stearns County, totaling 29 cases, marking a new record.

MDH reports 28 cases are confirmed in Hennepin County, and one case is in Stearns County. In the past 20 years, 2011 had the most cases with 26 total. 

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Twenty-five cases have been confirmed in the Somali community. The same number of cases revealed the people affected were unvaccinated. However, in one case, the child had one MMR vaccination. 

The remaining cases have not been verified. All cases are children between the ages of 0 and 5. 

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