Lack of vaccinations considered a factor in recent measles outbreak

Seven of eight children diagnosed recently with the measles virus are Somali, a community traditionally averse to vaccinating for this particular virus. 

Experts in the Minnesota Department of Health say Somali parents associate the specific measles, mumps and rubella vaccine with autism.

"Unfortunately, the Minnesota Somali community has been targeted with misinformation about vaccine risks," a statement from the Minnesota Health Commissioner said. "We're partnering with Somali community leaders and health care providers to counteract that  misinformation."

The source of the recent measles outbreak has yet to be determined. 

Symptoms of measles include include a high fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes, followed by a large rash. It is highly contagious, potentially deadly and you can get it simply by being in the same room with someone who has the measles.

 

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