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Four more measles cases reported in Sedgwick County

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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WICHITA, Kan. — Four additional cases of measles have been reported in Sedgwick County.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Sedgwick County Health Department said one case involved an adult linked to a recent outbreak of measles in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and who is an employee at Sal’s Japanese Steakhouse. Two other adults were also employees at Sal’s Japanese Steakhouse and became infected. The fourth case was in an unvaccinated infant whose only known exposure was at the restaurant.

State Health Officer Rober Moser said, “The best way to keep from getting the disease is by being vaccinated. Protect children by making sure they have the MMR vaccine when they are 12 to 15 months old, and again before they enter kindergarten."

Due to the concern of transmission to the public, health officials are requesting anyone who dined at Sal’s Japanese Steakhouse, 6829 E. Kellogg Dr. in Wichita, on the following dates: June 20, 23, 25, 29, July 3, 5, and July 7, and later developed an illness with fever and rash to contact their health care provider. Healthcare providers who have questions should call the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at 877-427-7317 or the Sedgwick County Health Department at 316-660-7424.

Interim Director Adrienne Byrne-Lutz said, “If you have a fever, stay home except to see a healthcare provider. If you need to visit your healthcare provider, call ahead so appropriate 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 <5 years, adults aged >20 years, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems.

For more information: http://www.cdc.gov/features/Measles/index.html


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