3rd Minnesota measles case prompts travel warning

Published 8:18 pm Tuesday, September 18, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS — Health officials are urging Minnesotans to make sure their measles vaccinations are up to date before they travel after the state confirmed a third measles case.

Last week the Minnesota Department of Health identified a case of measles in a 24-month-old child who recently returned from the Middle East, where measles are common.

The Ramsey County child was partially vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella. Officials said the child was likely infectious between Sept. 6 and Friday.

It was the third travel-related case of measles in Minnesota in less than six weeks.

The Health Department said measles outbreaks are occurring in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and South America.

Officials said anyone who travels to these areas who is not fully vaccinated is at risk of contracting measles.