5 new measles cases confirmed in Hennepin County, source still unknown


The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has confirmed five new cases of measles in Hennepin County which brings the total number of cases to eight.

Few details about the ailing person were disclosed other than it was an adult, it was a direct result of an exposure to the first such afflicted person in late March, the two victims were not related in any way, and both were passengers in the same flight. Symptoms include a high fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes followed by a rash that typically spreads from head to the rest of the body.

As a precaution, Washtenaw County Public Health is advising anyone who visited Mark's Midtown Coney Island on Plymouth Road between noon and 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, or Benny's Family Dining from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, April 7, to monitor themselves for rash with fever or other symptoms consistent with measles for 21 days. Measles virus spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing.

Ehresmann said the Health Department is working with the Somali community to alert people to the outbreak.

In 2016, MI had a single case of measles, which health officials describe as a highly contagious viral infection that can lead to pneumonia, brain inflammation, hospitalization or death.

Doctors say there is not link between vaccines are both safe and effective and do not cause autism. The vaccination, or documentation of immunity to measles, is recommended for all persons traveling internationally. If you suspect measles, health department officials advise seeking medical treatment as soon as possible. "Adults who do not have evidence of immunity against measles should get at least one dose of the vaccine". In 2016, 70 people from 16 states contracted it. In 2014, 667 people in the US contracted measles, including five people in MI. "The first dose is routinely given to children after their first birthday". Untreated, it can lead to severe illness that requires hospitalization and even death. A majority of those cases involved people who were not vaccinated.

Measles was the fifth vaccine-preventable disease eradicated in the Americas, joining smallpox, polio, rubella and congenital rubella syndrome.

According to the CDC, measles is still widespread in many parts of the world, including countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Pacific.

"Personally, I believe people should get vaccinated, especially now when there is so much travel between different countries and continents", Pichineru said.