“It’s clear that monkeypox has come to Minnesota,” said state Epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield. “While our current cases are associated with travel outside Minnesota, we expect we will soon see cases among people who have no travel history or contact with someone who did, indicating that spread within social networks in Minnesota is occurring.”
Regardless of how bad individual years are, the Minnesota Department of Health is not as concerned with year-to-year trends as it is concerned with the big picture over time, said agency tick disease specialist Elizabeth Schiffman.
"The work of the Minnesota Department of Health has shifted throughout the pandemic, but our goal has remained the same: making sure Minnesotans have the information and tools to keep themselves safe," writes Commissioner Jan Malcolm of the Minnesota Department of Health.
The cases could be linked to adenovirus infection, though health officials still don't know what has led to roughly 200 hepatitis cases of unknown origin in young children around the world. Wisconsin reported the first possible U.S. death this week.
A coordinated state and federal response to the avian influenza outbreak in Minnesota is headquartered at the Kandiyohi County Law Enforcement Center in Willmar. The presence of the Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory in the city also greatly augments the ability to the manage the threat the disease poses to turkey and poultry flocks.
The Moose Lake treatment facility failed to implement a medication control plan, which led to residents selling medication to other residents and engaging in suicidal behavior using medications, the Minnesota Department of Health determined.