Two measles cases were reported in 2015. Both were residents of Hennepin County. The first case, identified in late January, was a 20 year-old Asian, non-Hispanic male. The case was a University of Minnesota student who had recently returned from Indonesia. Though he had symptoms clinically compatible with measles, his illness was mild and he was not hospitalized. The case reported having 2 doses of measles-containing vaccine. Over 3,200 individuals were exposed to this case on campus, but no secondary cases were identified. Vaccinated individuals who develop measles disease typically have milder symptoms and are less contagious than those who are unvaccinated.
The second case was a 9 month-old Asian, non-Hispanic female too young to have been vaccinated. The child was febrile and developed a rash while on an international flight from India to the United States. The child was hospitalized and recovered without complications.
Both cases were confirmed by PCR at the PHL. The first case was genotype D9 and the second B3. The cases were considered international importations (exposed to measles outside of the United States) and were not epidemiologically linked to each other or to any other known case or outbreak.
- For up to date information see>> Measles
- Full issue>> Annual Summary of Communicable Diseases Reported to the Minnesota Department of Health, 2015