Confirmed measles cases in Minnesota increase

Measles vaccine said to be 90% effective but you have to have had the shots

A second case of measles has been confirmed in Michigan, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday.

Anyone at either of the following locations during the dates and times provided should monitor themselves for rash with fever or other symptoms consistent with measles for 21 days. Anyone who suspects measles should seek medical treatment. This is not a matter of food safety or restaurant sanitation; the individual with measles was a customer at these restaurants while contagious. However state officials are quick to point out that the disease is not connected to a single community and is caused due to lack of proper vaccinations to counter measles.

The CDC has reported that between January 1 and March 25 of this year 28 people have been diagnosed with measles.

Measles is a viral infection that can lead to pneumonia, brain inflammation, hospitalization and death. It also can cause miscarriages or premature delivery in pregnant women.

The HHS used the announcement more as a precaution for state residents to be aware of the symptoms of measles, along with the importance of routine vaccinations against this highly-contagious affliction. The first symptoms are high fever, runny nose, cough, reddened light-sensitive eyes.

This increases the possibity of exposing others to the infectino.

"We're working with the Somali community in the Twin Cities to alert people to the outbreak", Ehresmann said.

"Hopefully none of the people who have been potentially exposed to this would catch the measles", he said. Six were hospitalized. Health officials discovered one common contact for all but one of the cases. From 2001 - 2012, the average number of measles cases reported nationally per year was about 60. But in recent years there have been more, which is of great concern to public health authorities.

The majority of people who got measles were not vaccinated, Wells said.

Health officials said most Minnesotans are immune to the disease as the result of being vaccinated or having had the disease. Doctors and health care providers recommend vaccination as the only viable method to prevent measles. The two individuals are not members of the same family or otherwise related, they were both passengers on the same flight when the first individual was contagious.

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