MINNEAPOLIS - A case of measles has been confirmed in a child who lives in Hennepin County, according to health officials.
The Minnesota Department of Health said the 5-year-old child became ill in early August, shortly after returning from an international trip, where measles is common.
The child was likely infectious from July 30 to Aug. 7, according to the MDH.
This marks the first measles case of 2018.
Local public health staff, as well as clinic and hospital staff where the child was treated, are notifying those who may have been exposed.
The child was not vaccinated against measles and was previously hospitalized.
Health officials say last year Minnesota experienced its largest measles outbreak since 1991, with 75 cases between April and August of 2017.
According to a news release from the MDH: "Measles is highly contagious and spreads easily by coughing, sneezing or even being in the same room with someone who has measles. The best way to prevent measles is through vaccination."