Measles - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Measles (Rubeola)

Updated 4/28/17

Confirmed cases as of April 28, 2017: 32
(Updated Monday-Friday at 1 p.m.)

  • 30 of the cases are in Hennepin County, 1 of the cases is in Stearns County, 1 of the cases is in Ramsey County.
  • 31 of the cases are confirmed to be unvaccinated and 1 of the cases had 1 MMR.
  • The cases are children ages 0 through 5 years.
  • 28 of the cases are Somali Minnesotan.

If you think you or your child has been exposed to measles

  • Watch for symptoms of measles. Measles symptoms begin with a fever, cough, runny nose, and watery eyes. Then a rash develops that usually spreads from the head to the rest of the body.

If you or your child has symptoms of measles

  • Call your doctor or clinic right away if you see symptoms of measles. Your doctor or clinic will let you know if you need to come in for a visit.

People at high risk of getting measles

  • Measles spreads easily among people who are not vaccinated.
  • Areas with low immunization rates are a concern not only for those who are unvaccinated by choice, but also for those who cannot be vaccinated due to health status or age.

Vaccination recommendations

  • All Minnesota children 12 months and older who have not received a measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine should get it now.
  • Adults who have never received the MMR vaccine and have never had measles should get the vaccine now.
  • These children can get their second dose of MMR vaccine now:
    • Somali Minnesotan children statewide
    • Hennepin County children
  • Vaccine recommendations may expand if the measles outbreak spreads to more communities.

Check your immunization record

More information about measles

  • Measles Basics
    General information about measles, including symptoms, complications, vaccines, tests, and treatment.
  • Measles Statistics
    Incidence of measles disease in Minnesota.

  • Think Measles
    A letter-size poster available in 9 languages with a reminder to get vaccinated for measles before international travel.

Updated Friday, April 28, 2017 at 12:52PM