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Health Officials Say No Measles Case in Stearns County

Measles outbreak sickens dozens of Minnesota Somalis Measles outbreak sickens dozens of Minnesota Somalis
Cris De Lacerda | 06 May, 2017, 04:12

The majority of cases are unfolding in the state's Somali-American community, where many parents avoid the vaccine that can prevent measles because of unfounded fears about possible links to autism, according to the Associated Press.

State and local officials have been searching for any other people exposed to the virus - potentially 3,000 more - who may be unvaccinated and vulnerable, to try and stop the spread of the disease.

In 1990, Minnesota had a measles outbreak of nearly 500, with three deaths before the infection was said to be eradicated from the U.S.in 2000, Ehresmann said.

However, measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, so outbreaks in this country typically start when travelers are infected overseas and bring the virus home, the AP reported.

The Star Tribune reports that the outbreak is the largest in Minnesota in 27 years. In rare cases, it can be deadly.

An emergency campaign will ensure all children in schools and crèches are given the measles vaccination, regardless of whether or not they were vaccinated as infants.

Measles vaccination is highly effective.

"We did a presentation that helped the Somalis put the measles and the MMR vaccine into perspective", Carroll said.

ZDECHLIK: Somali community leaders are lockstep with the Minnesota Health Department in trying to knock down the pseudoscience behind the myth that getting vaccinated can lead to autism, but others are not even as the outbreak spreads.

A weekend meeting in Minneapolis organized by anti-vaccine groups attracted dozens of Somali-Americans.

"There has been a cluster of 15 cases in Gauteng, which is a higher than usual number", said Melinda Suchard, head of the Centre for Vaccines and Immunology at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.

"MMR vaccine not only protects families, but also vulnerable members of the community who can not be vaccinated, like babies who are too young to be immunized or those with weakened immune systems." said McHugh.

"By being immunized on time, with the vaccine that's recommended", she said. "I don't know anybody who has that problem right now", she said.

Stinchfield worked at the hospital during the 1990 outbreak and recalls when an entire floor was turned into a measles ward.

"We have two boys and they're both vaccinated and I think if you talk with any sort of medical professional, especially pediatricians and family doctors, I would guarantee that their children are vaccinated against these diseases".

It's why McHugh's department is urging families to take the simple precaution.

On Tuesday, two workers sat at a desk outside the clinic's main lobby, assessing all patients who entered for risk of measles. He chose vaccination, saying: "If your child is going to school, you don't want other kids to be affected too".