Minnesota health officials report 'German measles' case

Associated Press

ST. PAUL — State health officials say they’ve confirmed a case of rubella, making it the first in Minnesota since 2000.

The Minnesota Department of Health says a Twin Cities area woman in her 30s who had never been immunized had the disease. The woman has since recovered.

Investigators are checking on people who may have had contact with the woman.

Rubella, also known as "German measles," can cause a rash, fever and swollen glands behind the ears and neck. Health officials say the rash lasts about three days.


It’s also possible for a person to be infected with the rubella virus without having symptoms.

Health officials say the case is a reminder that even though most people are vaccinated against rubella, it and other preventable diseases remain a concern.


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