Measles case confirmed by health officials in Twin Cities metro area

The Minnesota Department of Health has announced a case of measles in the Twin Cities metro area. While little information was provided about the individual, officials stated that the risk to the public is “extremely low.” MDH is currently conducting an investigation and will notify anyone who may have been exposed.

Despite the fact that measles was eradicated in the United States over 20 years ago, declining vaccination rates are increasing the likelihood of its spread. To maintain herd immunity and prevent outbreaks, communities must have high vaccination rates, according to experts. In the 2023-24 school year, only 87.2% of kindergarten students were fully vaccinated with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, compared to 92.6% in 2019. Officials believe that this decline is due to individuals not receiving routine well-child visits during the pandemic.

Parents and guardians can check their children’s immunization records online and ensure they are up-to-date on all vaccinations to help prevent future cases of measles from occurring in their community. Riley Moser is a digital line producer at wcco.com who often covers breaking news and feature stories. In 2022, Riley received an honorable mention in sports writing from the Iowa College Media Association.

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