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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Butler County Health Department (BCHD) have reported a confirmed case of measles. The person is a resident of Butler County.
Due to concern about disease spread, health department staff have met with the individual who contracted measles and identified all potiential contacts. Staff from a number of county health departments will be notifying all identified contacts. Staff will evaluate immunization status and ask about symptoms among anyone potentially exposed, and make recommendations for follow-up to ensure no further spread. Healthcare providers who have questions should call KDHE at 877-427-7317 or the Butler County manager at 316-322-4300.
Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus. With the creation of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, measles cases have generally been rare in the U.S. However, it still sickens approximately 20 million and kills 64,000 people worldwide each year.
The best way to prevent measles is vaccination,” said Dr. Susan Mosier, MD, MBA, FACS, KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer. “Protect your children by making sure they have the MMR vaccine when they are 12 to 15 months old, and again before they enter kindergarten.”
Measles is highly contagious and is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. The signs and symptoms of measles typically begin one to two weeks after someone is exposed to an infected person. Symptoms include:
* Blotchy rash on the skin, which spreads from the head to the trunk then to the lower extremities (measles can spread to others from four days before to four days after the rash appears)
* Runny nose
* Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
* Feeling run down, achy
* Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth (Koplik spots)
County health departments will be recommending the contacts stay home if they have a fever, except to see a healthcare provider. Before visiting a provider, call ahead so that measures can be taken to protect other patients and staff.
People at high risk for severe illness and complications from measles include infants and children aged less than 5 years, adults older than 20 years, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems.
For more information: http://www.cdc.gov/features/Measles/index.html