KDHE identifies another public exposure point for Wichita measles cases

Measles (Photo Courtesy: CDC)

WICHITA, Kansas – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Sedgwick County Health Department identified another possible exposure to measles in Wichita at the South Lakes Sports Complex on the Fourth of July.

Potential exposure occurred from a previously identified case, however there have been no confirmed cases associated with this event.

Eight teams from Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Texas attended the informal softball tournament.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Sedgwick County Health Department are working with health officials in Texas, Missouri and Nebraska.

KDHE is asking anyone who attended the event or participated in the event and developed an illness with fever and rash to contact their healthcare 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.

Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Blotchy rash on the skin, which spreads from the head to the trunk then to the lower extremities (Measles can be spread to others from four days before to four days after the rash appears.)
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • Feeling run down, achy
  • Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth (Koplik spots)

Nearly one in three persons who get measles will develop one or more complications, some of which may be serious. These include pneumonia, ear infections, or diarrhea. Encephalitis, which is a severe inflammation of the brain, may also occur in some cases.

“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,” said Adrienne Byrne-Lutz, Sedgwick County Health Department Interim Director.

Updates on additional measles cases in Kansas will be provided weekly at http://www.kdheks.gov/epi/measles.htm.

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

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