Since the measles outbreak began in a daycare in Johnson County, Kansas in early March, 22 cases were confirmed, making it the largest measles outbreak in the Sunflower state in 30 years.


Now after  two incubation periods, or 42 days without a new case, Kansas health officials have declared the outbreak over.

“We are happy and relieved that this outbreak has concluded,” said KDHE State Epidemiologist Dr. Farah Ahmed. “Because of the unfortunate circumstance of this starting in a day care environment where many children were too young to be vaccinated, we and local health departments were challenged to track those infected and make sure the public took appropriate precautions. Most people followed instructions, and we were able to contain the outbreak without major health complications,” Dr. Ahmed said.

The outbreak affected three Kansas counties–Johnson, Linn and Miami.

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