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Measles Case Detected in Twin Cities Metro Area: What You Need to Know about the Low-Risk Outbreak


Feb 13, 2024
Measles case confirmed by health officials in Twin Cities metro area

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has announced a case of measles in the Twin Cities metro area. Little information was provided on the case, but the risk to the public is considered to be extremely low. MDH is currently investigating and will notify anyone who may have been exposed to the disease. Measles was eradicated in the United States more than 20 years ago, but declining vaccination rates are increasing the risk of its spread. Communities need high vaccination rates in order to maintain herd immunity and prevent outbreaks, 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 people not having 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.

Riley Moser is a digital line producer at wcco.com who 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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