2 New Measles Cases in Le Sueur County; Total in State Now at 58

2 New Measles Cases in Le Sueur County; Total in State Now at 58 Photo: KSTP

May 15, 2017 01:52 PM

The number of measles cases diagnosed in Minnesota in the current outbreak has now reached 58, according to numbers posted on the Minnesota Department of Health's website.

Those totals now include two cases in Le Sueur County, bringing the total number of counties impacted to four.

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The MDH's numbers show 49 of those cases have come in Hennepin County, four have come in Crow Wing County and three have come in Ramsey County.

Fifty-five of the cases have come in children ages 0-17. Three of those diagnosed have been adults. A total of 55 of the cases have come in individuals confirmed to be unvaccinated. One had one dose of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccination. Two had two doses of the vaccine.

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

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

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The Associated Press reports an incident command team from the MDH is overseeing a coordinated effort to stop the spread of the illness. The team has been meeting daily to monitor new cases, review infection control efforts and coordinate with local health officials.

The Star Tribune reported the health department team, which includes about two dozen members, has identified 7,000 people exposed to the virus at child care centers, three schools and about 20 health care settings.

A low vaccination rate among Somalis has contributed to the spread of the disease in child care centers. In the past four weeks, nearly 1,600 Somali children have been vaccinated. That's up from just 140 in the month before the outbreak.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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