MDH: Minnesota measles cases account for over half of all U.S. cases

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(ABC 6 News) – The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) says they have identified 12 cases of measles in unvaccinated children since June.

The cases are related to international travel, and measles cases in Minnesota account for over half of all U.S. cases, according to MDH.

MDH says measles vaccine coverage rates declined in Minnesota during the COVID-19 pandemic, and have yet to return to pre-pandemic levels of protection which leads more children susceptible to measles.

The CDC says measles is one of the most contagious of all infectious diseases; up to 9 out of 10 susceptible persons with close contact to a measles patient will develop measles.

Symptoms of measles include high fever, cough, runny nose, watery eyes and rash.

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