Minn. has its first case of measles in 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Centers for Disease Control recently reported 129 cases of the measles in 13 states so far in 2014 and another case in Minnesota can now be added.

"In the case of this child, the child actually had that first dose, but was one of those kids who didn't respond and would have been caught on the second dose," explained Kris Ehresmann, Minnesota Health Department.

For the 19-month-old toddler, that second vaccination likely wouldn't have come until a few years later when it's time for preschool.

By national and state health standards, the measles is eradicated in the United States, with the exception of cases where people travel overseas and bring it back.

The CDC said measles cases in the U.S. have spiked this year driven mostly by people traveling to and from the Philippines which is in the middle of its own outbreak.

But realistically, traveling to any number of foreign countries can prove problematic for those not vaccinated.

"They're have been cases in Europe, Africa, India so whenever you're traveling abroad, it's important to keep in mind while it doesn't occur here it does occur in other countries,' explained Ehresmann.

Ehresmann said the state is working with the CDC to notify those who may have been on the plane with the toddler and could have been exposed.

The measles are highly contagious and the concern is it can quickly spread. Recent outbreaks in California and Ohio have only heightened concerns

"Please make sure that your kids have received their measles, mumps, rubella vaccines," said Enresmann.


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