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Hospital visitor restrictions remain in place during measles outbreak

To protect our patients and help prevent the spread of measles, visitor restrictions are currently in place at University of Minnesota Health hospitals.
To prevent the spread of measles, visitor restrictions remain in place at University of Minnesota Medical Center and University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.
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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has confirmed more than 50 measles cases in Minnesota as of Wednesday, May 10.

To protect our patients and help prevent the spread of this highly contagious virus, University of Minnesota Health and Fairview Health Services are continuing to collaborate with MDH, infection prevention and our emergency management partners.

As part of that effort, temporary hospital visitor restrictions remain in effect at University of Minnesota Medical Center and University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. We ask that visitors who meet any one of the following criteria please refrain from visiting the hospitals:

  • Children under the age of 5
  • Those who have not received the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination
  • Those who are ill

Measles symptoms are similar to the symptoms of a severe respiratory tract infection. Those with measles may have a profusely runny nose, a severe cough and red eyes, along with a fever. These symptoms precede the onset of a skin rash by several days.

The rash usually occurs on the fourth or fifth day of the illness, and typically begins on the head and neck, then spreads to the rest of the body. The rash may be accompanied by white spots that appear in the mouth or the inner surface of the cheek.

Learn more about the measles vaccination and measles symptoms.

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