Health officials confirm local measles case

public-healthLocal health officials are confirming that an infant was treated for measles in a Kansas City metro area hospital, leading to a call to make sure both children and adults are vaccinated.

According to The Clay County Public Health Center, the treated infant and family recently returned to the U.S. after international travel.

Here’s more from local health departments:

Measles is a disease that kills an estimated 164,000 people each year around the world. This year, the United States is having more reported cases of measles than usual. Most of these cases are associated with international travel. This year 187 cases have already been reported in 17 states in the U.S., including Missouri.

Although highly contagious, it is still fortunately rare in the United States. While most residents in the U.S. have been protected through vaccination, it’s important for everyone to know their vaccination status and be aware of the signs and symptoms, which typically begin one to two weeks after someone is exposed to an infected person. “We are reminded once again about the importance of making sure both adults and children are properly vaccinated. Please make sure your vaccinations are up to date to protect yourself and help prevent the spread of disease, especially among those in our community who are most vulnerable.” urged Gary E. Zaborac, Director of Public Health for Clay County.

Symptoms of measles generally begin about 7-14 days after a person is infected, and include:

  • Fever
  • Blotchy rash on the skin, which spreads from the head to the trunk then to the lower extremities.
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • Feeling run down, achy
  • Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth (Koplik’s spots)

People at high risk for severe illness and complications from measles include:

  • Infants and children aged <5 years
  • Adults aged >20 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with compromised immune systems, such as from leukemia and HIV infection

If you believe you may have measles, please contact your healthcare provider.

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