The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has reported two additional measles outbreak cases, bringing the total to 15 since Mar. 8.
The new cases were reported in Johnson County and Linn County–12 Johnson County residents, 2 Linn County residents and 1 Miami County resident.
The person with measles from out-of-state that was treated at the University of Kansas Hospital is not associated with this outbreak.
KDHE has released the following locations and dates of potential measles exposure:
- Olathe Health Family Medicine; 302 N. 1st St, Mound City, KS; March 26 and 28 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM
- Olathe Health Family Medicine; 1017 E. Market St, La Cygne, KS; March 27 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM
- Casey’s General Store; 207 S. 9th St, Mound City, KS; March 26 from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM March 28 from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM
- Casey’s General Store; 406 E. Market St, La Cygne, KS; March 27 from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM Chick-fil-A; 12087 S. Blackbob Rd, Olathe, KS; March 24 from 8:15 PM to 10:00 PM
- Olathe YMCA – ENTIRE FACILITY INCLUDING CHILDCARE AREA; 21400 W. 153rd St, Olathe, KS; March 22 and 23 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
- Walgreens; 7500 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO; March 22 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Chuck E. Cheese’s; 15225 W. 134th Pl, Olathe, KS; March 21 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus. Measles is spread through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing. 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. Measles can only be spread to others from four days before to four days after the rash appears. The best way to prevent measles is to get the MMR vaccine. 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 that if a person has been exposed and is starting to experience symptoms, they STAY HOME except to see a healthcare provider and limit their contact with people.