Kansas Health Officials Warning Public on Growing Number of Measles Cases

The Kansas Department of Health now says there have been 10 cases of the "highly" contagious virus reported in three counties in the Kansas City area.

Posted: Mar 21, 2018 1:00 PM
Updated: Mar 21, 2018 1:28 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Health officials in Kansas are warning about a growing number of measles cases.

The Kansas Department of Health now says there have been 10 cases of the "highly" contagious virus reported in three counties in the Kansas City area.

Symptoms usually begin with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red watery eyes. Then a rash can develop three to five days later.

Doctors say the best way to prevent measles in the first place is to get vaccinated.

"Children get their first dose at 12 months of age and get a booster dose at age 4 or 5," Dr. Cynthia Brownfield of Mosaic Life Care said. "If you don't think you've ever been vaccinated, you can talk to your doctor to see if you are a candidate, even as an adult. Your doctor make check to see if you already had it."

Doctors say it can take up to two weeks before a person exposed to measles can start showing symptoms.

 

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