The Minnesota measles outbreak that began with an unvaccinated child who had traveled to Kenya, has now grown to 11 confirmed cases.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, among the cases were four children who were too young to be vaccinated. Most of the others were unvaccinated too, although they were old enough to have gotten the MMR vaccine. Fear of a link between MMR and autism among many of the Somali immigrants who are affected by this measles outbreak in Minnesota is thought to account for low vaccine rates.
Although they aren't getting as much attention, there is also:
- two new measles cases in New York City that were diagnosed in residents that had traveled to Romania and India
- two new measles cases in Tennessee
- one measles case in California in a case that involved a 27-year-old who got measles while traveling to the Philippines and Thailand
In addition to highlighting the importance of the MMR vaccine for children, these measles cases are a good reminded for everyone to make sure their immunizations are up-to-date before traveling out of the country.
Fortunately, there have been no new measles cases in the measles outbreak in Boston and Clark County, Washington.