MN Dept. Of Health Confirms Case Of Measles In Hennepin County
The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed the first case of measles in 2018.
Officials say the 5-year-old child who lives in Hennepin County became sick earlier this month after returning from an international trip.
MDH says the child was not vaccinated against measles and was hospitalized.
Public health staff and clinic and hospital staff where the child was treated are notifying people who may have been exposed.
Officials say the child was likely infectious from July 30 through today.
Last year, Minnesota experienced its largest measles outbreak since 1991, with 75 cases identified between April and August 2017. Of those cases, 21 were hospitalized and 91 percent were not vaccinated.
Officials say the best way to prevent measles is through vaccination.