New location and date of potential measles exposure in Johnson County added

TOPEKA – The measles outbreak in eastern Kansas is continuing to be investigated. Since March 8, 2018, 16 cases have been identified – 13 Johnson County residents, two Linn County residents and one Miami County resident. Current information does not link this outbreak to the two reported Missouri cases.

Please be aware that if a person has visited one or more of the locations below, on the dates and times listed, they may have been exposed to measles.

Locations where individuals may have been exposed to measles, and contacts can be identified, are not listed. Those individuals have been notified separately.

Locations and Dates of Potential Measles Exposure:

*Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in the Lobby and Sanctuary; 13300 Kenneth Rd., Leawood, KS

April 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Casey’s General Store; 207 S. 9th St., Mound City, KS;

March 28 from 12 to 2:30 p.m.

Olathe Health Family Medicine; 302 N. 1st St., Mound City, KS;

March 28 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Olathe Health Family Medicine; 1017 E. Market St., La Cygne, KS;

March 27 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Casey’s General Store; 406 E. Market St., La Cygne, KS;

March 27 from 12 to 2:30 p.m.

Symptoms of measles typically begin with a high fever, cough, runny nose, and red watery eyes. Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash develops and usually starts on the face at the hairline and spreads down to the neck, trunk, arms, and legs.

To date, KDHE along with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, Linn County Health Department, and the Miami County Health Department have been able to identify where and when each case became infected. KDHE urges people who are ill or exhibiting measles-like symptoms to stay at home unless they are seeking medical care. Before visiting a healthcare provider, call ahead and let the provider know of the measles exposure so that measures can be taken to protect other patients and staff.

This outbreak continues to be investigated and KDHE and county health departments are working to identify contacts. The average number of days between when a person is exposed to measles, and when they first start showing symptoms is approximately 10 to 14 days (range of seven to 21 days). Secondary cases have occurred outside of the daycare. There is concern that some individuals in the general population may have potentially been exposed to persons with measles while they were infectious.

Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus. Measles is spread through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing. Measles can be spread to others from four days before to four days after the rash appears. Measles cannot be spread to others by people who do not have the disease. The best way to prevent measles is to get the MMR vaccine. Currently, KDHE is not recommending any changes to the routine vaccination schedule. If you have had measles or have been vaccinated, your risk of contracting the disease is extremely low.

Because measles is a highly infectious disease, it is very important, if a person has been exposed and is starting to experience symptoms that they stay home except to see a healthcare provider and limit their contact with people.

For questions call the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment at 913-477-8343, Linn County

Health Department at 913-795-7302, or the KDHE Epidemiology hotline at 877-427-7317.

For more information about measles, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/features/Measles/index.html.