Minnesota Student Contracts Measles

Student Recently Returned From International Travel

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A University of Minnesota student has a confirmed case of the measles.

The 20-year-old male student recently returned from international travel and is currently isolated off-campus.

Before being diagnosed, the student, whose identity has not been released, attended class.

Now many are wondering if they were exposed.

But many are not really worried, even if they were exposed, since the university population is highly immunized because of enrollment requirements.

The Minnesota Department of Health says a student was traveling overseas and recently returned to campus.

Before being diagnosed, the student attended classes from January 20 to the 23 on the east bank and visited the university recreation and wellness center on the evening of the 20th.

“The symptoms that usually occur, you can get a fever, runny nose, red eyes, a rash may develop after a few days,” said Dr. Gary Christenson, a health professional.

Health officials say measles is highly contagious, but extremely rare in the U.S. since so many people are now vaccinated.

The last known outbreak in Minnesota was back in 2011, when one unvaccinated child spread the virus.

‘There really isn’t a treatment specifically, it’s restoring fluids, it’s rest and it usually clears on its own,” said Dr. Christenson.

A Minnesota lawmaker wants parents who don’t vaccinate their children to meet with a doctor first.

Rep. Mike Freiberg has a bill that would require those parents to learn about vaccines and their impact on diseases from a health care provider.

The Golden Valley Democrat’s bill was expected to be formally introduced Thursday.

Freiberg says more kids are getting sick with measles, mumps and whooping cough because of parents who don’t take their children in for shots.

The U.S. reported a record 644 measles infections last year despite the disease being largely eliminated in 2000.

Freiberg says parents should recognize the “overwhelming evidence” that vaccinations prevent measles and other illnesses
 

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