Minnesota Health Officials Concerned About Measles Outbreaks

Minnesota Health Officials Concerned About Measles Outbreaks Click to Enlarge

State health officials are concerned in the wake of near-record cases of measles outbreaks in the U-S including in nearby Iowa and Illinois.

Minnesota Department of Health epidemiologist Jane Griffith says they're always on high alert for measles cases and all it takes is one infected traveler to enter into the state and infect someone who is susceptible. The two cases in northeast Iowa are connected to someone who traveled to Israel.

Griffith says the M-M-R vaccine is the most effective way to prevent measles.

Twenty-two states have confirmed measles cases so far this year.

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