Measles outbreak alarms U.S. state of Minnesota

Kathleen Mckinney
May 13, 2017

Minnesota's health commissioner said this is the worst measles outbreak in almost 30 years.

But as the measles outbreak rages, the latest updates suggest a developing community pushback against misinformation. "Whistleblower Claims Feds Hiding Vaccine-Autism Link", which quoted WND columnist Lee Hieb, an author of numerous anti-vaccine posts, saying that the vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) is risky.

In 2011, 16 outbreaks with 107 confirmed cases added up to a total economic burden on local and state public health institutions that ranged from an estimated $2.7 million to $5.3 million U.S. dollars.

According to Minnesota Department of Health, 47 of the patients had not been vaccinated, and 48 cases are children under 17. The measure would guarantee the necessary doses of vaccines for the immunization of children in Romania.

Most Somali-American children living in Minnesota are affected by measles virus.

There are no confirmed cases of measles in North Dakota.

Of the 51 cases in Minnesota, at least 10 have resulted in hospitalization.

"This is a hugely expensive outbreak", Ehresmann told NBC News.

"Not only are there health costs for treating children. There are economic costs for their families, and there are costs to the public health system", she added.

"We have gone zero days without having a new case", Stinchfield said. For years, public health officials have been trying to increase the vaccination rates in the Somali community, which dropped precipitously in the mid 2000's over fears about the now-debunked theory that vaccines were linked with autism.

"It's important for us all to have our vaccinations to prevent the spread of disease", Ehresmann said.

Ehresmann said perhaps another 300 possible measles cases have been ruled out. We can not continue diverting funding and resources away from other vital public health services to respond to disease outbreaks and threats.

Ehlinger revealed that the department's funds were also stretched as it had to screen travelers and pregnant women for Zika virus.

"Minnesotans rightly expect a rapid and effective response to these threats, but current state funds lack the flexibility needed to deal with emergent disease threats".

State and local health departments have been complaining for years that their resources are stretched, even as they lay off more staff.

"We don't get any block grant funding that just says, 'Oh, do good work, track infectious disease, '" she said.

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