Current Health Issues
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is reporting an outbreak of measles. The outbreak currently involves young children (ages 0 through five years), many who were not vaccinated and who are Somali Minnesotans.
Zika is spread to people primarily through the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus. Zika can also be sexually transmitted by a man to his partners, and passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus during pregnancy or around the time of delivery.
E-cigarettes are now prohibited in Ramsey County public spaces
The Ramsey County Clean Indoor Air Ordinance prohibits the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces where cigarette smoking is currently prohibited under the Minnesota Clean Indoor Act, as well as prohibiting vaping or smoking within 25 feet of public building entrances. The ordinance was approved by the Board of Commissioners on September 22, 2015 and took effect November 29, 2015.
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.