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Health officials investigate three more measles cases in Hennepin County


Thu, Mar 17th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



Three more measles cases have been confirmed by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) since state health officials announced a case of measles in an infant on March 4.

MDH is working closely with Hennepin County Public Health staff in investigating all four cases. The three new cases were reported in children between 23 months and 4 years of age, living in Minneapolis who likely acquired their infections in Minneapolis.

The children became ill between March 1 and March 9. Two of the three new cases were hospitalized, and all are recovering.

Hennepin County Public Health staff and health care providers have been notifying people who may have been exposed to the children in specific settings such as a hospital or a place of residence.

Two of the new cases were unvaccinated and the other child's vaccination history is not known. The first case, an infant, was too young to be vaccinated.

"Measles can be a severe infection and is very contagious if a person without immunity is exposed to an infected person," said Dr. Ruth Lynfield, state epidemiologist with MDH. "We strongly urge parents and health care providers to ensure that children have received appropriate vaccinations."

Health officials are concerned because not all children in Minnesota have received measles vaccine. There may be a variety of reasons, including poor access to health care, lack of understanding about vaccine preventable diseases, misconceptions about vaccinations, or religious or philosophical objections.

Two of the four children are Somali. They had not been vaccinated because of parental concerns about the standard vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). In recent years, MMR vaccination has dropped in the Somali community because of concerns about safety.

"Contrary to misinformation that may still be circulating, the measles vaccine is safe and effective. Without it, the risk of disease is real. Children can die from measles," said Dr. Edward Ehlinger, Minnesota Commissioner of Health.

"It is every parent's responsibility to vaccinate their children for measles, mumps and rubella to protect them against these deadly diseases," said Dr. Abdirahman D. Mohamed, Chief of Staff of Axis Medical Center, Minneapolis. Dr. Mohamed said he knows of four unvaccinated Somali children (two in the U.S. and two in other countries) who have died from measles. He stressed the importance of reaching the community wit .....
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MDA laboratory testing confirms E. coli O157:H7 in recalled hazelnuts

Fri, Mar 11th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) laboratory has confirmed E. coli O157:H7 contamination of in-shell hazelnuts (also known as filberts) collected from the home of an ill Minnesotan. The contaminated hazelnuts are part of a multi-state re ..... 
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Unemployment rate falls to 6.7 percent

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota unemployment rate declined to a seasonally adjusted 6.7 percent in January, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The rate, which was 0.2 perce ..... 
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Health officials investigate case of measles in Hennepin County infant

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



The Minnesota Department of Health is working closely with Hennepin County Public Health and Hennepin County Medical Center in investigating a case of measles in an infant who lives in Minneapolis.

The child became ill in late Februar ..... 
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Multi-state investigation links E. coli O157:H7 cases to eating in-shell hazelnuts

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) are working with counterparts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and federal agencies to investigate cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection associated with eating in-shell ha ..... 
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Nine killed in Minnesota traffic crashes in one week

Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - According to preliminary Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) traffic crash reports, nine people died during the last seven days (February 17-23), making it the deadliest period on the road in 2011.

DPS officials say the tr ..... 
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March is Minnesota Food Share Month

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

The effects of hunger for an individual or family can range from poor health and slowed recovery from injury or illness to poor performance at school or work. With one in six people facing hunger issues, a growing number of Minnesota households are ..... 
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Uninsured Americans in Minnesota with Pre-existing Conditions Continue to Gain Coverage through Affordable Care Act

Thu, Feb 10th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today made new resources available to the media, consumer groups, states, health care providers, and others to increase awareness of the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), a he ..... 
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HHS announces new resources to help states implement Affordable Care Act

Thu, Jan 20th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a new funding opportunity for grants to help states continue their work to implement a key provision of the Affordable Care Act - Health Insurance Exchanges.

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