Hennepin County Child Diagnosed with Measles

Child Diagnosed With Measles

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The Minnesota Department of Health reports a 5-year-old child in Hennepin County was diagnosed with measles earlier this month after returning from worldwide travel to a region where the illness is common.

A case of measles has been confirmed in a child who lives in Hennepin County, according to health officials.

The child was likely infectious from July 30 through August 7, according to health officials, meaning additional cases would likely develop between now and August 28.

The symptoms of measles include high fever, cough, runny nose, and a large rash. Ninety-one percent of the cases involved patients who were unvaccinated. "The best way to prevent measles is through vaccination".

Kris Ehresmann, the director of the health department's infectious disease division, says it's important for parents to make sure everyone in the family is vaccinated.

Measles is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and death. It generally takes between eight to 12 days for symptoms to show. "The measles rash usually appears two to three days after the fever begins", the department said, adding that anyone seeing these symptoms should call their doctor or clinic right away.

This marks the first measles case of 2018.

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