Confirmed Case of Measles Reported at University of Minnesota

A student on the Twin Cities campus at the University of Minnesota has been diagnosed with the measles, according to university officials.

The student in question is a 20 year old male and just returned from a trip abroad. He is reportedly residing off campus until he has fully recovered and is cleared of the virus. The student did attend a few classes prior to being diagnosed and even spent some time at the on campus gym.

Measles cases aren’t very common any longer, so this random case popping up has certainly come as a surprise to health care providers on campus.

“We don’t see measles that often, in fact we haven’t seen it in years on campus. Most of my clinicians can’t even remember seeing a case actually in their career,” said Dr. Gary Christenson, chief medical officer for Boynton Health Service in an article by KARE11.

“Measle is an extremely contagious disease, ad potentially very serious for those who haven’t been vaccinated,” said Dr. Ed Ehlinger of the Minnesota Health Department.

Those who have been vaccinated against measles are in the clear and only those who have not been immunized need to be worried about contracting the very contagious virus. The university reports that there is a high percentage of students already vaccinated, but urges anyone that is not, to visit their physicians.

Christenson also said, “We’re not highly concerned about this situation. But we want to make sure that we take precautions in case there might be the possibility of picking up another case.”

The University of Minnesota sent out a news release that said:

“Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus. Symptoms include rash, accompanied by fever in some cases cough or runny nose. Symptoms appear about eight to 12 days after a person is exposed to measles. The first symptom is usually fever. The rash usually appears two to three days after the fever begins and lasts five to six days. The disease has become very rare in the United States, thanks to widespread vaccination.”

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