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Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A has been spreading among people in Minnesota who are living homeless or injecting drugs. Last year, 46 cases of Hepatitis A were reported in the Metro area.

Since May 2019, Minnesota has seen an increase of hepatitis A cases, which we have now identified as an outbreak. Minnesota’s outbreak-associated cases have risk factors that are consistent with other outbreaks nationwide.

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Tuberculosis

Ramsey County has experienced a significant increase in multidrug-resistant tuberculosis over the last two years. Since 2016, a total of 18 cases have been identified in Ramsey County alone, compared to seven cases of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis for all of Minnesota between 2011 and 2015.

The majority of cases have impacted Hmong American residents, and Public Health is working directly with community partners, hospitals, and healthcare facilities to prevent future cases through appropriate screening and treatment. 

Our clinic provides screening for persons that have been in contact with active TB disease, as well as treatment and case management of persons with either latent TB infection or active TB disease. This clinic is by referral only: You will be notified if it has been determined that you may have come in contact with someone with active TB and you should be seen in our clinic. 

Measles

There currently is no outbreak of measles in Minnesota. Hennepin County reported two cases of measles linked to international travel in the summer of 2018. 

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Mercury poisoning linked to skin products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning about skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps, or lotions that might contain mercury. Skin products containing mercury have been found in Minnesota and at least six other states. They are manufactured in other countries and marketed as skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments that remove age spots, freckles, blemishes and wrinkles.

Learn more about skin-lightening cream products