MDH: Measles case count in the metro now at 21

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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has confirmed the number of measles cases in the metro area has risen.

According to an update from MDH Thursday, there have been 21 confirmed cases of measles reported in metro counties since June; some of those individuals required hospitalization.

Exposures mainly occurred in school, child care and health care settings in Ramsey and Hennepin counties, according to MDH.

MDH reports most were exposed to measles through international travel to countries where measles is endemic.

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Additionally, MDH officials report they expect to see an increase in cases in the coming weeks due to the likelihood of exposures in school and child care settings at which children might not have been fully vaccinated against measles.

Symptoms of measles often include a rash, fever, cough, congestion and sometimes vomiting. Symptoms typically appear about eight to 12 days after exposure.

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