3 New Cases in Crow Wing County Bring Measles Total to 54

3 New Cases in Crow Wing County Bring Measles Total to 54 Photo: KSTP/File

May 12, 2017 02:14 PM

The number of measles cases diagnosed in Minnesota during the current outbreak now stands at 54, according to the Minnesota Department of Health website.

That includes three new cases confirmed in Crow Wing County, bringing the total number of cases in the county to four. Crow Wing County officials said in a release the county's first case was diagnosed on May 4.


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"Individuals in the community who were exposed from the first case were quickly identified and notified," said Michelle Moritz, the health program coordinator for Crow Wing County Community Services, in a release. "The new cases followed MDH recommendations and therefore community exposures would be minimal, if any."

Those recommendations include staying home from work, childcare and large gatherings for 21 days as they are monitored for symptoms.

According to the MDH's numbers, 48 of the cases in the outbreak have been diagnosed in Hennepin County, and two have been diagnosed in Ramsey County.

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Fifty-one of the cases have come in children ages 0-17. Three of the cases have been adults. Fifty-one of the cases have come in individuals confirmed to have been unvaccinated. One individual had received one dose of the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine. Two individuals had received two doses.

Forty-seven of the cases have come in the Somali Minnesotan community.

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



Frank Rajkowski

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