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News on the 2022 Measles Outbreaks

Breaking News – There have been ten travel related measles cases in Minnesota so far this year, including a new cluster with four unvaccinated children in Ramsey County. (see below)

As bad a year for measles as we had in 2019, the COVID-19 travel restrictions have essentially put an end to most measles outbreaks in the last few years, at least they have in the United States.

There have been just 13 measles cases in the US so far in 2022.
After hitting several records in 2019, we hit several records for measles in 2020 too! The lowest number of cases in one year – ever. We are now up to 13 cases of measles this year.

In fact, we had a record low number of measles cases in the United States in 2020.

2022 Measles Outbreaks

What can we expect in 2022, as measles epidemics are once again being reported around the world and travel restrictions have loosened?

“The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is working closely with Hennepin County Public Health and health care providers to investigate two confirmed cases of measles in children who are siblings and live in Hennepin County.”

Health officials confirm two cases of measles in Hennepin County siblings
  • two unvaccinated, preschool age children who had traveled internationally in Hennepin County, Minnesota (June 2022)
  • three unvaccinated people (including two children) in Maricopa County, Arizona, including one that was hospitalized. The outbreak was related to international travel. (Sept 2022)
  • four unvaccinated children in Ramsey County, Minnesota who had recently traveled out of the country (Sept 2022)

Unfortunately, I think we can expect more measles…

“Almost 17 338 measles cases were reported worldwide in January and February 2022, compared to 9665 during the first two months of 2021.”

UNICEF and WHO warn of perfect storm of conditions for measles outbreaks, affecting children

Less travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic has kept measles cases low in the United States, but unless folks get vaccinated and protected, they will rise as travel restrictions ease.

Get vaccinated and protected so that you don't get caught up in a measles outbreak. And at least get your kids vaccinated before you travel folks! Don't be responsible for starting a measles outbreak in your community.
Get vaccinated and protected so that you don’t get caught up in a measles outbreak. And at least get your kids vaccinated before you travel folks! Don’t be responsible for starting a measles outbreak in your community.

Are you vaccinated and protected with two doses of MMR?

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