Minnesota Department of Health
With 41 confirmed cases of measles in Hennepin, Ramsey and Crow Wing counties, and more cases likely in the current outbreak, state health officials today expanded their recommendations for stepped-up vaccination in an effort to curb the spread of the disease. Measles is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. It spreads very easily among unvaccinated people. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has made the following recommendations to protect children and adults during outbreaks:
Health officials are concerned over a jump in syphilis cases among Minnesota women. Preliminary data for 2015 show syphilis cases in women were up 63 percent compared to 2014. The...
State health officials are urging all men who have sex with men (MSM) to be vaccinated for meningococcal meningitis as soon as possible. The public health alert comes in response to the recent death of a Ramsey County man, known to have sex with men, who became infected with the disease. Given an ongoing outbreak of meningococcal disease occurring among MSM in Chicago, officials with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are concerned about possible connections with the Minnesota man’s infection, though no direct connection has been found to date.
Minnesota has outperformed nearby states by being the only one of its neighbors to bend the curve on obesity rates, according to a recent MDH analysis of CDC data. Minnesota’s...
News that the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the U.S. was confirmed yesterday in a patient in a Dallas, Texas hospital may be concerning to many Minnesotans, but state health officials say it’s important to keep in mind that the public health system is prepared to respond to this virus, as well as many other emerging diseases. “While not easily transmittable, Ebola is a serious virus. We know it can be frightening,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger. “But there's a marked difference between Minnesota and parts of Africa where Ebola is spreading.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has identified at least 13 people who have developed E. coli O157:H7 infections as part of an outbreak associated with Zerebko Zoo Tran traveling petting zoo. All of these cases have infections with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria that have the same DNA fingerprint. Two of these are secondary cases resulting from being exposed to one of the primary cases associated with the petting zoo. The 13 cases range in age from 2 to 68 years, 10 (77 percent) are female, and they are residents of multiple counties.
While U.S. health officials are warning against traveling to three West African countries where an outbreak of Ebola is occurring, the risk of the disease being spread in Minnesota remains very low, state health officials said today. The travel advisory applies to non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. To address concerns about the outbreak and the risks from travel to those countries, experts from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and a variety of local public health and safety partners will host an informational session Wednesday, Aug. 6 in Brooklyn Center.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today announced two upcoming meetings related to the state’s new medical cannabis program. The state’s new Task Force on Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research, whose public members were announced by Governor Dayton on July 10, will have its first meeting on Thursday, July 31, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be in Room B144/145 of the Orville Freeman Building, at 625 Robert Street North, St. Paul.
New legislation that takes effect today in Minnesota prohibits e-cigarette use in several public places, including government buildings, public schools, and most health care facilities. Some residential health care facilities have smoking rooms where e-cigarettes can still be used. The Minnesota Legislature passed a series of e-cigarette measures during the 2014 Legislative Session including indoor-use restrictions, which go into effect July 1. The law also requires retailers selling e-cigarettes to keep them behind the counter and to be licensed.