The Minnesota Health Department (MHD) announced Wednesday that it will step in to help University of Minnesota and Hennepin County officials in the treatment and management of a university student who has measles.
Both MDH and Fairview Hospital, where the patient is being treated, are working to find potential contacts among the university's students, staff and faculty. According to Minnesota Commissioner of Health Ed Ehlinger, this is a highly contagious infection and can be serious if individuals with whom he made contact have not been vaccinated.
“We are going to be watching this situation very closely, and we will be working with officials at the university and Fairview to protect the health of other students, faculty and health care providers,” Ehlinger said.
Measles symptoms include fever, cough, red eyes, a sore throat and usually a rash covering most of the body. Complications from the infection can take the form of pneumonia, ear infections and diarrhea. Health officials urge parents to make sure their children have been vaccinated against measles.
MHD states the general public risk in this case is fairly low, and that the patient has not been connected to the outbreak occurring in Southern California.