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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

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has declared a measles outbreak first reported in the spring of 2017 has ended. 

Learn more about measles

Zika virus

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.

Learn more about Zika Virus

E-cigarettes 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.

Learn more about the Ramsey County Clean Indoor Air Ordinance

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