Measles cases increase in Kansas and USA

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

Symptoms of Measles

  • Mild to moderate fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Tiny white spots (Koplik's spots) inside the mouth (2-3 days after symptoms)
  • Red or brown rash that begins on a person's face at the hairline and spreads downward to neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet (3-5 after symptoms) 

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WICHITA, Kan.-- Although measles cases have increased in Kansas and the United States from last year, there are no reports of measles in Sedgwick County.

As of June 20, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed three cases of measles in Johnson County. There were no reports of measles last year and five cases in 2012.

"It's rare to have measles cases because most of the population is vaccinated, and in the United States, we don't have very many measles cases," said Christine Steward, epidemiologist for the Sedgwick County Health Department.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the United States is experiencing a record number of measles cases. From January 1 to June 20, there have been 514 confirmed measles cases, which is the highest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the U.S. in 2000.

The majority of the people who got measles are unvaccinated. Measles can spread when it reaches a community in the U.S. where groups of people are unvaccinated.

Doctors are encouraging people to immunize children with two doses of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine.

KDHE reports that measles still sickens approximately 20 million and kills 164,000 people worldwide each year.

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