The measles outbreak in Minnesota increased by seven cases today, with the new case count at 41 confirmed.


Of the 41 cases, 38 were reported in Hennepin County, two in Ramsey County and one in Crow Wing County. 34 cases are reported in Somali Minnesotans.

95 percent of the cases were unvaccinated.

The first case in an adult was reported, while the bulk of the cases in in children 10 years and younger.

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Symptoms of measles generally begin within 7-14 days after exposure. It starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat and is followed by a rash that spreads all over the body. It can also cause severe complications like pneumonia and encephalitis.

If people experience measles-like symptoms, they should see a health care provider. Those most at risk of being infected with the measles are people who have had no doses or only one dose of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine or who have not had the measles.

Measles vaccination is highly effective. Studies show more than 97 percent of people who receive two doses of vaccine are protected.

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