Measles case involves Wichita State student

Eleven total measles cases reported in Kansas so far this year

WICHITA, Kansas – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Sedgwick County Health Department have reported two more cases of measles in Sedgwick County, bringing the total number of cases reported in Sedgwick County to eight in 2014. Three cases have been reported in Johnson County so far this year.

KSN has learned a Wichita State student is one of the people who has the measles.

Wichita State says the student does not live on campus and had not been vaccinated.

They are contacting teachers and students who may have come into contact with the student.

The new cases are epidemiologically linked to other known, recently reported cases in Sedgwick County, according to the Tuesday’s report.

Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus. With the creation of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, measles cases have generally been rare in the United States; however, it still sickens approximately 20 million and kills 164,000 people worldwide each year.

Related links:

Kansas Department of Health and Environment Measles page
CDC Measles information

 

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