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minnesota measles outbreak grows to 20 cases


minneapolis — minnesota health officials say an outbreak of measles has grown to 20 cases.the minnesota department of health said monday that eight new infections have been confirmed. the cases have all occurred within the somali-american community in hennepin county.officials are urging parents to get the measles vaccine for themselves and their children if they are unvaccinated.kris ehresmann, infectious disease director at the minnesota health department, says the outbreak could exceed the 2011 outbreak of 26 cases.so far, all of those infected with measles in this outbreak are 5 years old or younger. exposure has occurred at several day care centers.measles can lead to hospitalization and even death and spreads easily among unvaccinated people. symptoms include coughing, sore throat, f






health officials say 20 so far sickened in minn. measles outbreak


the hennepin county measles outbreak grew to 20 cases monday, after eight new infections were confirmed.state health officials said all the cases have occurred within the somali-american community, and they urged parents to get the measles vaccine for themselves and their children if they are unvaccinated.the outbreak is expected to produce many more cases and could exceed the 2011 outbreak of 26 cases, according to kris ehresmann, infectious disease director at the minnesota health department.so far, all of those who have caught the measles in this outbreak are 5 years old or younger. exposure has occurred at several day care centers.since the first case was detected two weeks ago, health investigators have been trying to identify anyone unvaccinated exposed to the virus, which is highly






hennepin county measles outbreak grows to 20 cases


the hennepin county measles outbreak has grown to 20 cases after eight new infections were confirmed monday.state health officials said that all of the cases have occurred within the somali-american community and they urged parents to get the measles vaccine for themselves and their children if they are unvaccinated.the vaccine, known as the mmr vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella protection, is typically given at around age 1 and a second shot is administered between the ages of 4 and 6.the minnesota health department recommended monday that the schedule for a second dose be accelerated for any somali-american children who have received the initial shot, which they said is a common practice during outbreaks.among the eight new infections, the disease for the first time in this outbreak






kansas measles outbreak grows to 10 cases


topeka, kan. (ap) — the kansas department of health and environment and the johnson county health department say 10 cases of measles have been identified in johnson, linn and miami counties.the agencies said in a news release monday that eight johnson county residents and one linn county resident who contracted the disease are associated with a child care facility in johnson county. one miami county resident who got it is not associated with the daycare facility.health authorities say they are working to identify other contacts.it takes about 10 to 14 days between the time a person is exposed to measles and when they first start showing symptoms.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weekssymptoms typically begin with a high fever, cough and runny nose. a rash d






health officials say 20 so far sickened in measles outbreak


the hennepin county measles outbreak grew to 20 cases monday, after eight new infections were confirmed.state health officials said that all of the cases have occurred within the somali-american community, and they urged parents to get the measles vaccine for themselves and their children if they are unvaccinated.the outbreak is expected to produce many more cases and could exceed the 2011 outbreak of 26 cases, according to kris ehresmann, infectious disease director at the minnesota health department.so far, all of those who have caught the measles in this outbreak are 5 years old or younger. exposure has occurred at several day care centers.since the first case was detected two weeks ago, health investigators have been trying to identify anyone unvaccinated who was exposed to the virus,






health officials say 20 so far sickened in minn. measles outbreak


the hennepin county measles outbreak grew to 20 cases monday, after eight new infections were confirmed.state health officials said that all of the cases have occurred within the somali-american community, and they urged parents to get the measles vaccine for themselves and their children if they are unvaccinated.the outbreak is expected to produce many more cases and could exceed the 2011 outbreak of 26 cases, according to kris ehresmann, infectious disease director at the minnesota health department.so far, all of those who have caught the measles in this outbreak are 5 years old or younger. exposure has occurred at several day care centers.since the first case was detected two weeks ago, health investigators have been trying to identify anyone unvaccinated who was exposed to the virus,






doctors warn minnesota measles outbreak still "early" as cases increase


minneapolis -- new numbers from the minnesota department of health show the measles outbreak in the state is growing, cbs minnesota reports.there are now 44 cases reported in minnesota, which is up from 41 on thursday. the outbreak is primarily in the state's large somali-american community, where many parents avoid the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine because of unfounded fears that it causes autism.all but two of the cases involve unvaccinated patients.health officials are now offering new guidelines for the measles vaccination as new cases become a daily occurrence."we're very early in the outbreak," said dr. shane mcallister, assistant professor in pediatric infectious disease and immunology at the university of minnesota's masonic children's hospital. "we're going to be seeing this for a






ireland: four measles cases confirmed in limerick city in past month the global


share thistagseuropeirelandlimerickmeaslesa measles outbreak in limerick city is being reported by ireland health officials. since jan. 3, four confirmed measles cases have been reported, which constitutes an outbreak.image/ciahealth officials have put together a “outbreak control team” made up of representatives from the health service executive (hse) are involved in managing the outbreak in an effort to prevent further spread.measles is a viral illness that is spread through direct contact and through the air. it is highly contagious and is spread easily. one case of measles can infect 15-20 unvaccinated people. while the numbers of cases of measles in ireland has reduced dramatically since the introduction of the measles vaccine, it remains a significant cause of death among young child






2 new measles cases bring total to 11 in recent minn. outbreak


two more measles cases were confirmed by minnesota health officials wednesday, bringing the total number of infections in the current outbreak to 11.of those sickened, nine are known to have been unvaccinated for the highly contagious disease.so far, the cases have involved children aged 1 through 5, all in hennepin county, and nine of the cases have struck somali-american children.the outbreak, the largest to hit the state since 2011, began early last week and has sent several children to the hospital.although measles is very rare in the united states, public health officials take any outbreak seriously because the virus is extremely contagious among people without vaccinations and, in severe cases, can cause lasting lung and brain damage. measles can spread through coughs, sneezes and ev






with no new cases in two weeks, state's measles outbreak is tapering off


minnesota's biggest measles outbreak since 1990 is winding down, with no new cases reported for the past two weeks. but state health officials aren't ready to call an official end to an outbreak that has sickened 78 people over the past two months.the two rural counties affected by the outbreak, with a total of six cases, will be considered all-clear as of tuesday, and ramsey county, which had three cases, will get that designation thursday if no new cases develop.hennepin county, the epicenter of the outbreak with 69 cases, is still under watch for new infections. it can take three weeks for measles symptoms to develop."it has actually been quiet," said kris ehresmann, infectious disease director for the minnesota health department. "we are really seeing a drop off in measles activity."th






with no new cases in two weeks, state's measles outbreak is tapering off


minnesota's biggest measles outbreak since 1990 is winding down, with no new cases reported for the past two weeks. but state health officials aren't ready to call an official end to an outbreak that has sickened 78 people over the past two months.the two rural counties affected by the outbreak, with a total of six cases, will be considered all-clear as of today, and ramsey county, which had three cases, will get that designation thursday if no new cases develop.hennepin county, the epicenter of the outbreak with 69 cases, is still under watch for new infections. it can take three weeks for measles symptoms to develop."it has actually been quiet," said kris ehresmann, infectious disease director for the minnesota health department. "we are really seeing a drop off in measles activity."the






with no new cases in two weeks, state's measles outbreak is tapering off


minnesota’s biggest measles outbreak since 1990 is winding down, with no new cases reported for the last two weeks. but state health officials aren’t ready to call an official end to an outbreak that has sickened 78 people over the last two months.the two rural counties affected by the outbreak, with a total of six cases, will be considered all-clear as of today and ramsey county, which had three cases, will get that designation thursday if no new cases develop.hennepin county, the epicenter of the outbreak with 69 cases, is still under watch for new infections. it can take three weeks for measles symptoms to develop.“it has actually been quiet,” said kris ehresmann, infectious disease director for the minnesota health department. “we are really seeing a dropoff in measles activity.”the he






minn. measles outbreak rises to 41, including first case outside somali communit


state officials reported seven new cases of measles thursday, bringing the case count to 41 in an outbreak that has now reached its first adult and spread beyond the state's somali community.health officials also said two of the 41 patients had been vaccinated for the highly-contagious disease.as the outbreak grows, it has also spread beyond hennepin county. there are now two cases in ramsey county and one in crow wing county. a case in stearns county that was announced last week has since been ruled out as measles, health officials said.state health officials expect there to be more cases and repeated their call for unvaccinated minnesotans to get shots."once measles begins to spread in unvaccinated populations, it can be very difficult to stop," said kris ehresmann, director of infectiou






41 infected: minnesota measles outbreak now includes first case outside somali c


state officials reported seven new cases of measles thursday, bringing the case count to 41 in an outbreak that has now reached its first adult and spread beyond the state's somali community.health officials also said two of the 41 patients had been vaccinated for the highly-contagious disease.as the outbreak grows, it has also spread beyond hennepin county. there are now two cases in ramsey county and one in crow wing county. a case in stearns county that was announced last week has since been ruled out as measles, health officials said.state health officials expect there to be more cases and repeated their call for unvaccinated minnesotans to get shots."once measles begins to spread in unvaccinated populations, it can be very difficult to stop," said kris ehresmann, director of infectiou






41 infected: minnesota measles outbreak now includes first case outside somali c


state officials reported seven new cases of measles thursday, bringing the case count to 41 in an outbreak that has now reached its first adult and spread beyond the state’s somali community.health officials also said two of the 41 patients had been vaccinated for the highly-contagious disease.as the outbreak grows, it has also spread beyond hennepin county. there are now two cases in ramsey county and one in crow wing county. a case in stearns county that was announced last week has since been ruled out as measles, health officials said.state health officials expect there to be more cases and repeated their call for unvaccinated minnesotans to get shots.“once measles begins to spread in unvaccinated populations, it can be very difficult to stop,” said kris ehresmann, director of infectiou






measles outbreak in minnesota sickens dozens


cbs/apmay 4, 2017, 12:37 pmthe mmr vaccine can prevent measles. joe raedle/getty images an outbreak of measles in minnesota has sickened more than 30 children in recent weeks, primarily in the state's large somali-american community, where many parents avoid the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine because of unfounded fears that it causes autism."this has nothing to do with being somali, it has everything to do with being unvaccinated," kris ehresmann, infectious disease director of the minnesota department of health, told cbs minnesota last week as the number of cases grew. somalis are just the latest example of a tight-knit community in which the highly contagious disease has gained a foothold in the u.s. in recent years."with somalis, we know that it's a community that's been targeted for mis






minnesota's measles outbreak is tapering off


minnesota’s biggest measles outbreak since 1990 is winding down, with no new cases reported for the last two weeks. but state health officials aren’t ready to call an official end to an outbreak that has sickened 78 people over the last two months.the two rural counties affected by the outbreak, with a total of six cases, will be considered all-clear as of today and ramsey county, which had three cases, will get that designation thursday if no new cases develop.hennepin county, the epicenter of the outbreak with 69 cases, is still under watch for new infections. it can take three weeks for measles symptoms to develop.“it has actually been quiet,” said kris ehresmann, infectious disease director for the minnesota health department. “we are really seeing a dropoff in measles activity.”the he






5 more cases of measles include first outside hennepin co.


five more cases of measles were reported thursday as health officials also announced that the outbreak has spread to stearns county.a total of 29 children have now been sickened by measles since the end of march, making it the largest outbreak in the state since 1990. until now, the outbreak had been limited to hennepin county, but the state health department said that one case has developed in stearns. details about that case were not released.most of those sickened have been children 5 or younger who have not received the measles vaccine. but one of the new cases has developed in a child who received just one of two recommended shots. one dose is 93 percent effective against the disease, according to the u.s. centers for disease control, while two shots provide 97 percent protection.the






health officials cite 5 new measles cases in hennepin county


minneapolis — minnesota health officials have confirmed five new cases of measles in young children in hennepin county, bringing the total number of cases in the outbreak to eight.the minnesota department of health says seven of the cases have occurred in the somali-american community. minnesota health commissioner dr. ed ehlinger says that while the outbreak is about unvaccinated children and not specific communities, the somali community has been "targeted with misinformation" about risks from vaccine.all but one of the eight cases involved common contact. six of the children were hospitalized.symptoms of measles include a high fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes followed by a rash. it is highly contagious and spreads easily by coughing, sneezing or even being in the same room with






5 more cases of measles include first outside hennepin county


five more cases of measles were reported thursday as health officials also announced that the outbreak has spread to stearns county.a total of 29 children have now been sickened by measles since the end of march, making it the largest outbreak in the state since 1990. until now, the outbreak had been limited to hennepin county, but the state health department said that one case has developed in stearns. details about that case were not released.most of those sickened have been children 5 or younger who have not received the measles vaccine. but one of the new cases has developed in a child who received just one of two recommended shots. one dose is 93 percent effective against the disease, according to the u.s. centers for disease control, while two shots provide 97 percent protection.the






minnesota confirms 9th measles case, all children unvaccinated


minnesota health officials said monday they have confirmed another case of measles, bringing the total number of children sickened by the current outbreak to nine.all the infected children were unvaccinated for measles, and most of the cases have occurred in the somali-american community, where vaccination rates have been relatively low.state health investigators are still trying to determine the source of the outbreak, which most likely involved a traveler to a foreign country who brought back the infection.measles is considered eradicated in the united states, although small numbers of cases pop up each year.measles is a highly infectious disease that can easily spread by coughs and sneezes to those without immunity protection.symptoms almost mimic those of a cold, including runny nose,






three new minnesota measles cases bring outbreak total to 44


minnesota’s measles outbreak has grown to 44 cases after three new infections were announced friday by state health officials.all three of the new cases were detected in unvaccinated children living in hennepin county, which has been the center of the outbreak so far. two cases are in ramsey county and one in crow wing county.officials at the minnesota health department said thursday they expect the number of cases to continue rising and that the outbreak could spread further in parts of the state beyond the twin cities area.they are monitoring the crow wing county case, which involved an unvaccinated child who was exposed during a trip to hennepin county, for any sign of new infections in that area.all infections so far have been in children under age 11, except for an adult health care w






three new minnesota measles cases bring outbreak total to 44


minnesota's measles outbreak has grown to 44 cases after three new infections were announced friday by state health officials.all three of the new cases were detected in unvaccinated children living in hennepin county, which has been the center of the outbreak so far. two cases are in ramsey county and one in crow wing county.officials at the minnesota health department said thursday they expect the number of cases to continue rising and that the outbreak could spread further in parts of the state beyond the twin cities area.they are monitoring the crow wing county case, which involved an unvaccinated child who was exposed during a trip to hennepin county, for any sign of new infections in that area.all infections so far have been in children under age 11, except for an adult health care w






three new minnesota measles cases bring outbreak total to 44


minnesota's measles outbreak has grown to 44 cases after three new infections were announced friday by state health officials.all three new cases were detected in unvaccinated children living in hennepin county, which is home to 41 of all of the cases reported so far. there are two cases in ramsey county and one in crow wing county.officials at the minnesota health department said thursday they expect the number of cases to continue rising and that the outbreak could further spread to parts of the state beyond the twin cities area.they are monitoring the crow wing county case, which involved an unvaccinated child who was exposed during a trip to hennepin county, for any sign of new infections in that area.all infections so far have been in children under age 11, except for an adult health






three new minnesota measles cases bring outbreak total to 44


minnesota’s measles outbreak has grown to 44 cases after three new infections were announced friday by state health officials.all three new cases were detected in unvaccinated children living in hennepin county, which is home to 41 of all of the cases reported so far. there are two cases in ramsey county and one in crow wing county.officials at the minnesota health department said thursday they expect the number of cases to continue rising and that the outbreak could further spread to parts of the state beyond the twin cities area.they are monitoring the crow wing county case, which involved an unvaccinated child who was exposed during a trip to hennepin county, for any sign of new infections in that area.all infections so far have been in children under age 11, except for an adult health






the measles outbreak: unfounded fears about vaccine put kids at risk


the current measles outbreak, largely occurring in the somali-american population in minneapolis, requires a brief history lesson if we are to understand what public health and health care workers are up against in preventing new cases and even possible deaths.i was state epidemiologist at the minnesota department of health in 1990, when 460 cases of measles occurred, largely in the twin cities hmong community. three children died in that outbreak; i can remember each one of them and their family’s grief as if it were yesterday.those tragic deaths didn’t have to happen. we had a highly effective and safe measles vaccine that could have saved those three lives had the children been vaccinated. but at that time officials didn’t have the means to identify children who lacked access to regular






romania minister: measles outbreak causes 17 deaths


bucharest, romania — romania's health minister says thousands of people have caught measles in an ongoing outbreak in the country, which has claimed 17 lives.florian bodog said friday that around 3,400 people had contracted the disease since the outbreak began in september 2016.he said the virus was similar to strains found in hungary or italy, but couldn't say whether it was the same virus.romania has lowered the age for administering the first vaccine dose from the usual 12 months to nine months, recommending all children under 9 are vaccinated.the european center for disease prevention and control warned this week that "the likelihood of exportation of measles (from romania) cases is high."most cases have been registered in western and southwestern romania.






after nearly five months, minn. measles outbreak may be over


a measles outbreak that sickened 79 minnesotans and threw a spotlight on low child vaccination rates may finally be over after nearly five months.state health officials have scheduled a news conference for friday afternoon where they will make the announcement — if no new cases are reported.no additional measles cases have been detected for the past six weeks, twice the disease’s normal incubation period, meaning that the highly contagious virus is probably not still spreading to people who have not been vaccinated and lack natural immunity. it can take up to three weeks for measles symptoms to develop, and typically epidemiologists wait through two incubation periods without new cases before they will declare an outbreak finished.the outbreak was centered in the somali-american community






why is minnesota experiencing the worst measles outbreak in nearly 30 years?


health officials in minnesota are tackling the worst measles outbreak in nearly 30 years. most of those with the disease are unvaccinated somali-american children in the state, which has the largest somali population in the country.minnesota's health commissioner says the community has been targeted with misinformation about vaccine risks.at children's minnesota, doctors are treating 34 of the state's 48 confirmed cases. because measles is incredibly contagious, everyone who enters the hospital is provided a mask. if you don't have the vaccine that prevents measles, there's a 90 percent chance that you'll contract the virus, reports cbs news correspondent jamie yuccas. patsy stinchfield is the director for infection control at children's minnesota hospital. she said the measles outbreak st






after nearly five months, minn. measles outbreak may be over


a measles outbreak that sickened 79 minnesotans and threw a spotlight on low child vaccination rates may finally be over after nearly five months.state health officials have scheduled a news conference for friday afternoon where they will make the announcement — if no new cases are reported.no additional measles cases have been detected for the past six weeks, twice the disease's normal incubation period, meaning that the highly contagious virus is probably not still spreading to people who have not been vaccinated and lack natural immunity. it can take up to three weeks for measles symptoms to develop, and typically epidemiologists wait through two incubation periods without new cases before they will declare an outbreak finished.the outbreak was centered in the somali-american community






3 new measles cases reported, pushing total to 24, with daycares the apparent ne


three new measles cases were reported wednesday by state health officials in an outbreak that has now sickened 24 children.state officials said earlier this week that the current outbreak will likely exceed one in 2011, when 26 people developed the highly-infectious disease.all the cases so far are in hennepin county, in somali-american children aged 5 years or younger. investigations have shown that 23 of them had not received the measles vaccine; health investigators are obtaining records for the remaining child.on monday, state health officials urged minnesotans to get current on their measles vaccinations if they have not previously had the disease. parents of somali-american children were also advised to speed up the measles booster shot, which is usually given around age 5.investigat






measles outbreak sickens dozens of minnesota somalis


minneapolis — an outbreak of measles in minnesota has sickened more than 30 children in recent weeks, primarily in the state's large somali-american community, where many parents avoid the measles vaccine because of unfounded fears that it causes autism.somalis are just the latest example of a tight-knit community in which the highly contagious disease has gained a foothold in the u.s. similar outbreaks have affected orthodox jews and the amish in recent years.medical professionals and state health officials are working to contain the virus, but they expect more people to fall ill in coming weeks. a look at the situation:___measles outbreakmeasles was declared eliminated in the u.s. in 2000, but as of tuesday, 34 cases were confirmed in minnesota. it's the largest outbreak in the state sin






2 new measles cases bring total to 11 in recent minn. outbreak


state health officials confirmed two additional measles cases on wednesday, bringing the total to 11 in an outbreak first detected last week.with the case count still rising, public health officials have asked more than 200 people to voluntarily quarantine themselves if they might have been exposed to the highly contagious virus. and twin cities medical clinics said they are seeing a growing number of patients who want advice about how to protect their children.so far, all 11 cases involved children ages 1 through 5, and nine were children known to have been unvaccinated. all the cases have occurred in hennepin county, and nine occurred in somali-american families.the outbreak, the largest to hit the state since 2011, was first identified early last week and has sent several children to th






allina limits hospital, clinic visitors due to measles outbreak


four more cases of measles were reported monday by state health officials as health care systems announced precautionary limits on visitors to hospitals and clinics.minnesota's measles outbreak, which was first detected nearly four weeks ago, has sickened 48 people. although most of the cases have been in children, a second infection in an adult was among the new cases announced monday.allina health said monday morning that it's asking that children under age 5 not visit its hospitals unless they are seeking care. all children under age 11 are asked to wear a mask while visiting allina clinics or hospitals.in addition, anyone with a cough or sore throat is asked to wear a mask while in a hospital.allina joins fairview health system, which also has placed restrictions on children under 5 as






measles outbreak is over, minnesota health officials say


minnesota’s 2017 measles outbreak came to an end on friday, but only after sickening 79 people, sending 22 to the hospital and triggering a major epidemiology campaign that required dozens of public health workers and community volunteers.the minnesota department of health spent more than $900,000 to curb the outbreak, the state’s largest since 1990. hennepin county, where most of the cases occurred, dispatched 89 staff members to interview affected families at a cost of about $400,000.“although many of us grew up thinking that measles was a mild childhood illness, the reality is that measles is a very serious disease,” health commissioner dr. ed ehlinger said friday afternoon at a news briefing.ehlinger said the state was fortunate that no one died, although more than 20 required hospital






41 infected: minnesota measles outbreak now includes first case outside somali c


minnesota health officials reported seven new measles cases thursday, bringing the case count to 41 in an outbreak that has now infected its first adult and has begun to spread beyond the state's somali ­community.it has also moved to a new part of the state. a child residing in crow wing county has become infected, one of three cases announced this week involving people who aren't from the somali community.health investigators believe the child was exposed in hennepin county, where the outbreak has been concentrated, but they are watching for new cases in crow wing as well as in other parts of the state where the child traveled."it is very possible that we could see cases appearing in different parts of the state where there are pockets of unvaccinated kids," said kris ehresmann, infectio






paly feels at home as it crushes crosstown rival gunn


palo alto — friday night inside a packed bow gymnasium at gunn, the home team was technically crosstown rival paly, which must wait until may 15 for construction of its new athletic facilities to be completed.but playing 4 miles from their own pus didn’t seem to deter the boys and s basketball teams for the vikings, who made themselves comfortable in a season sweep of the titans.“every single one of these gunn games are so special and they mean so much,” said paly senior skylar burris, who used air quotes to make her point after a 61-45 victory by the s in which she torched the defense. “every single time you step on the court, you just feel the energy of the crowd. and to score 31 in front of our ‘home’ game in front of our ‘home’ fans, it feels good.“it’s a good way to end it, i guess.”t