ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Public Health has confirmed there are now 12 cases of the measles in Hennepin County.

State health officials say 12 of the cases are in unvaccinated kids ages infant-5. Eleven of the confirmed cases involve Somali-Minnesotan children.

Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus. Symptoms include a high fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes followed by a rash that typically spreads from the head to the rest of the body.

State health officials say the best way to protect yourself and your children from measles is to make sure everyone has been vaccinated with the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Measles is no longer common in the U.S., but is still common in many other countries and may be brought into the U.S. by unvaccinated travelers.

To see the latest updates on measles cases in Hennepin County, click here