Measles outbreak still rising in Somali-American community

It is reported that 44 cases of measles have now been identified in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area, up from 41 on Thursday.

Dr. Shane McAllister, the assistant professor in pediatric infectious disease and immunology at the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Children’s Hospital has expressed concern over this health crisis. He acknowledged that the outbreak is in the early stages, yet expressed, “We’re going to be seeing this for a while.”

The primary source of the outbreak has been reported to be growing out of the state’s Somali-American community. Parents have largely chosen to abstain from having their children receive the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, out of fear there is a connection to autism.

Of the 44 cases, 42 are reported to involve patients not vaccinated, CBS News reported.

“There’s a lot of interest in measles right now, so we’re fielding a lot of questions from concerned families,” McAllister said. “We have a large population of potentially-infectable children who are not vaccinated, and we have a disease agent that is extremely contagious.”

The medical community now provides information regarding updated guidelines on the measles vaccination.

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