Health officials have recorded 50 measles cases in the last month, largely in unvaccinated Somali-American children in Hennepin County. One individual had a single dose out of the recommended two doses.
The MDH recommends all children who have not received an MMR vaccine should get the first dose as soon as possible and all adults born in 1957 or later who have never received the MMR vaccine and have never had measles should get the vaccine as soon as possible.
An outbreak of infectious diseases in Minnesota is causing local health providers to keep an eye out for symptoms in our area.
If you don't have the vaccine that prevents measles, there's a 90 percent chance that you'll contract the virus, reports CBS News correspondent Jamie Yuccas.
The Minnesota Health Department's infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann revealed that it had to deploy 70 staff who were "working on this response". Severe cases of measles can lead to death.
It's the worst outbreak in Minnesota since 1990 when 460 cases were diagnosed in the state, leading to three fatalities.
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"Not only are there health costs for treating children". Much of the disinformation about vaccines in the Somali community comes from British researcher Andrew Wakefield, who first proposed a link between vaccines and autism in a paper which has been widely discredited.
"You don't know what the issue's going to be, but you know it's going to happen", Ehresmann said.
"The orientation we do specifically for the refugees, it really addresses how to navigate the healthcare system in our country and just some common practices for healthcare in our country", Beth Hindbjorgen, a Registered Nurse case manager with Falls Public Health said. "The new cases will take us to Memorial Day".
Forty-six of the 51 measles cases were reported among this population. Tourists and travelers can come from any place infected - but the infection won't spread unless there are unvaccinated people to catch it.
This measles outbreak was stretching the funds of the Minnesota Department of Health and it needed $5 million to combat infectious diseases. "We can not continue diverting funding and resources away from other vital public health services to respond to disease outbreaks and threats", he said. Moreover, the resources of the local and state health departments are stretched. Leadership at Pillsbury United Communities, the organization that oversees the Brian Coyle Center, informed the event's organizers that the Center would not host "an anti-vaccination event", Pillsbury United CEO Chanda Baker said in a phone call on Thursday.