75 Cases of Measles Reported in MN 06 Jun 17

(Learfield News Service/St. Paul, MN)  There are now 75 confirmed cases of measles in Minnesota–that’s five more than the total number of cases in the U-S last year.

Most of the cases are in unvaccinated Somali Minnesotans.

The state health department’s Kris Ehressman says outreach to the community has been stepped up and there is progress being made. She says “We’ve been working with the Imam’s, the faith leaders for quite awhile, but because the community is now celebrating Ramadan, we’re especially working with them to use this as an opportunity get messages out about the importance of vaccination.

Ehresmann says they’re also stressing the importance of staying home if you’re sick to help prevent the spread of measles and since the outbreak they’ve seen the number of doses administered go from an average of about 30 doses a week in the Somali community to over 500 in the first couple of weeks after the outbreak

Ehresmann says that number has dropped off a bit but is still in the hundreds.