Measles outbreak infects 15 in Minnesota

There are now 15 reported cases of the measles in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Health.

The latest cases concern an individual who contracted the disease in Florida and another that has been linked to travel in India, according to

Public health officials are contacting people who shared flights from India with a Minnesota woman in her 20s. Though measles is considered especially contagious, state epidemiologist Ruth Lynfield noted that exposure to an infected person while on an airplane is usually not cause for fear of a widespread outbreak, according to

"Typically, it leads to very few additional cases because in the general population immunity is quite high," Lynfield said, according to

The identified cases range in age from four months to 51 years of age. In some of the cases, the infected person was too young to have received the vaccine. In three of the cases, it is unclear whether the vaccine had been administered. Eleven of the individuals were not vaccinated.

Eight people have been hospitalized in connection with the current measles outbreak, but there have been no reported deaths.

Measles is thought to have been all but eradicated in the United States, but accounts for approximately 200,000 deaths worldwide each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.