May 18, 2017 03:18 PM
One new case of measles has been diagnosed in Hennepin County, bringing the total number of cases diagnosed in the current outbreak to 64.
The Minnesota Department of Health website now shows 54 cases have been diagnosed in Hennepin County, four each in Ramsey and Crow Wing County and two in Le Sueur County.
Sixty-one of the cases have come in individuals confirmed to have been unvaccinated. One individual had one dose of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine. Two individuals had two doses.
Sixty-one cases have come in children ages 0-17, and three cases have been confirmed in adults. Fifty-five of the cases have come in the Somali Minnesotan community.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota House Health and Services Committee is considering a bill that would create a public health response contingency fund to fight the measles outbreak and outbreaks of other diseases.
MDH officials recently told the committee that it spent more than $200,000 in just three weeks combating the outbreak.
The current outbreak is the worst in Minnesota since 1990 when 460 cases were diagnosed, leading to three fatalities.
Updated: May 18, 2017 03:18 PM
Created: May 18, 2017 01:41 PM
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