Getting vaccinated can help stop measles from spreading
A new case of measles in Kansas City was confirmed by Kansas City Health Department officials on Thursday.
The new case led officials to identify six new locations where there was a potential for exposure. The new case is not connected to a previous outbreak of several cases in Johnson and Miami counties, according to the Department.
The identified locations include dates and times when the potential for exposure existed:
- Subway at 312 E. 51st, Kansas City, between 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- Price Chopper at 6327 Brookside, Kansas City, between 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- Laundroplex at 575 NW 68th St., Kansas City, 5 – 10 p.m.
- Quick Trip at 601 NW 68th St., Kansas City, 7 – 9:30 p.m.
- Pleasant Valley Baptist Church (church and lobby), 1600 Missouri 291, Liberty, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Officials also identified a new risk site in Johnson County while investigation the Kansas City case.
- March 30: Barnes & Noble at Oak Park Mall; 11323 W. 95th St, Overland Park, 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Measles is highly contagious and can live in the air and on surfaces for two hours after the infected individual has left the area, according to the Health Department.
“The best defense is vaccination,” said Rex Archer, director of health for the Department. “Residents should have had at least two doses of the vaccine in their lifetime. Residents who may have received vaccination between 1963-1967 who received an inactivated (killed) measles vaccine should receive a booster of a least one dose of the current vaccine."
Symptoms of measles typically begin about one to two weeks after exposure and include: fever, blotchy rash, cough, runny nose and tiny white spots with bluish-white centers inside the mouth.
Those most at risk of infection are: infants and children under 5, adults over 20, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems.
The risk sites still active in Kansas are:
Olathe Health Family Medicine; 302 N. 1st St, Mound City
March 26 and 28 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Olathe Health Family Medicine; 1017 E. Market St, La Cygne
March 27 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Casey’s General Store;207 S. 9th St, Mound City
March 26 from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
March 28 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Casey’s General Store;406 E. Market St., La Cygne
March 27 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Chick-fil-A; 12087 S. Blackbob Rd, Olathe
March 24 from 8:15 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Olathe YMCA - ENTIRE FACILITY INCLUDING CHILDCARE AREA; 21400 W. 153rd St, Olathe
March 23 from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.