HUGE MEASLES OUTBREAK Puts Focus on Somali-Muslim Population

Minneapolis has been flooded with Somali Muslims! Only 2 of 10 are vaccinated so it’s really no surprise that there is a huge outbreak of measles in Minnesota:

  Minnesota has now had more measles cases in the past two months than the entire country had all last year.

Health care and religious leaders are working in tandem to control Minnesota’s measles outbreak, which has stricken the state’s majority-Muslim Somali community.

With another three weeks of Ramadan and its numerous gatherings and prayers yet to come, officials face the challenge of getting through the holy month without the highly contagious disease spreading further.

Some religious leaders have put a sharp point on their effort to protect their followers’ health, said Elham Ashkar, who works on community outreach for Children’s Minnesota hospitals and clinics.

“One of the imams, and I’m paraphrasing, he said, ‘If you don’t immunize, it’s like killing the Muslim children.’ I think that’s such strong messaging,” Ashkar said.

There were 73 cases in the outbreak as of Friday afternoon, the most recent count available at publication time.

Minnesota has now had more measles cases in the past two months than the entire country had all last year.

Read more: mprnews


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