Those who had measles were mostly unvaccinated Somali-American children living in the said state.
Approximately 90 percent of individuals who are unvaccinated will contract the measles upon exposure, meaning the health department has to notify hundreds of people for each confirmed case. The measure would guarantee the necessary doses of vaccines for the immunization of children in Romania.
This outbreak and other infectious disease issues like multi-drug resistant TB and a rise in syphilis prompted Minnesota Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger asked the state Legislature for $5 million for an emergency fund.
Minnesota is now in the middle of the largest outbreak of measles in over twenty years.
That covers more than just the measles.
Patsy Stinchfield is the director for infection control at Children's Minnesota Hospital.
The state health department is encouraging numerous families in the targeted community to get vaccinations for their children. "We want to know you're coming so that we can quarantine you as quickly as possible and hopefully tell you you don't have measles", said Mayo Clinic Health System Pediatrician CJ Menagh.
"This is really an unnecessary outbreak", Ehresmann said.
Fourteen of those cases were from newly arrived refugees, eleven of whom were diagnosed with active TB in medical screenings overseas but were nonetheless allowed to resettle in Minnesota by the Obama administration's Department of Homeland Security.
A case of measles in Crow Wing County has grown to a cluster of four as members of the same family were infected, state officials said Friday.
With the headline, "Midwest Muslim Measles Outbreak Nearly Doubles", WND connected parents' refusal to vaccinate their children to Islam, rather than the efforts of the anti-vaccine campaigners who recently pounced on the community and exploited fears about autism.
The Minnesota Health Department shared that almost 47 people infected with measles were unvaccinated.
The commissioner says current state funding doesn't give health officials the flexibility needed to deal with emerging disease threats. "We can not continue diverting funding and resources away from other vital public health services to respond to disease outbreaks and threats", Ehlinger said. Moreover, the resources of the local and state health departments are stretched. They said, no, it doesn't have to do with one community.