Three more cases of measles reported in Brainerd

Posted May 13, 2017

A recent outbreak of measles is hitting close to Wisconsin borders.

Officials also recommend that children in affected counties, as well as all Somali-American children, who have had just one of the two recommended MMR shots to get the second shot on an accelerated scheduled.

Health authorities have been quick to blame recent outbreaks of measles and whooping cough on unvaccinated children, and this has been used as an impetus to hurriedly pass mandatory vaccination laws in various states. Two individuals had received two doses.

The Minnesota Health Department's infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann revealed that it had to deploy 70 staff who were "working on this response".

She said the state and Hennepin County, which covers Minneapolis, had checked on 8,000 possible exposures to measles. There have also been no confirmed cases of measles in Wisconsin yet either. He further said that they had three children died in Minnesota from measles and two of them died at their hospital. "This is a hugely expensive outbreak".

As Breitbart News reported previously, 90 percent of the 168 cases of active tuberculosis diagnosed in Minnesota in 2016 were foreign-born, much higher than the 67 percent of foreign-born cases that accounted for the 9,287 cases of active TB diagnosed in the United States in 2016.

According to the MN health commissioner the cost for Minnesotans to fight infectious disease outbreaks is nearing 3 million dollars in 2017. "There are economic costs for their families, and there are costs to the public health system".

"We have gone zero days without having a new case", Stinchfield said. The only vaccine available in the U.S.to prevent the spread of the disease is the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, or MMR.

The parents say, "I know measles, I have had it and my mom had it - better to have measles than autism", Ururshe told ABC News.

Health providers say measles has difficulty spreading in areas where at least 95-percent of the population is immunized. Tourists and travelers can come from any place infected - but the infection won't spread unless there are unvaccinated people to catch it. We can not continue diverting funding and resources away from other vital public health services to respond to disease outbreaks and threats.

"Minnesotans rightly expect a rapid and effective response to these threats, but current state funds lack the flexibility needed to deal with emergent disease threats". Moreover, the resources of the local and state health departments are stretched.

But funding is under threat from Trump administration, which has asked Congress to cut funding for public health and biomedical research.