The site ran this headline: "Midwest Muslim measles outbreak almost doubles", with this sub-headline: "Vast majority of cases among unvaccinated "Somali Minnesotan" population". State health officials say at least 46 of this year's cases came from the Somali population in the Twin Cities.
Rather than trump offensive rhetoric about "Muslim Measles", maybe WND can reflect on their own anti-vaccine "reporting".
Local media said the latest outbreak appeared to have started in an immigrant community, where vaccine skepticism prevails. Two individuals had received two doses.
With state and local response costs for the first half of 2017 approaching $3 million just for measles, tuberculosis and syphilis, I respectfully request that the legislature create a public health response contingency fund of $5 million to ensure sufficient resources are available for immediate, life-saving actions to protect Minnesotans from infectious disease outbreaks and other unanticipated public health threats.
Since 2008, Minnesota's Somali community, the largest Somali community in the United States, has grown more skeptical about vaccines.
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The measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine is given to children in two doses, typically the first dose is given to children 12 months old, with a second dose when they are between four to six years old.
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 complications from measles include pneumonia and inflammation of the brain and a condition called subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) that is fatal and more common in infants, according to the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
There are no confirmed cases of measles in North Dakota.
"Not only are there health costs for treating children".
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Are you going to choose to take the risk to vaccinate and get this long-term chronic illness?
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.
"We know that we'll get one or two cases of measles in a state because it is occurring in other parts of the world", she said. They say a $5 million dollar fund will give Minnesotans security knowing health officials can respond quickly.
She says once someone has measles there's really only supportive care for them.
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