Child, Adult In Johnson County Confirmed With Measles

Topeka, Kan. (WIBW/AP) - A child and an adult in Johnson County are confirmed to have measles.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Johnson County's Health Department confirmed the cases Friday.

KDHE spokeswoman Aimee Rosenow told Kansas Public Radio they involve a child who was not vaccinated for measles, and an adult whose vaccination status is uncertain. She says those two people are connected.

Rosenow also said the Johnson County patients may have had contact with some of the four people in Clay County, Missouri, who were confirmed to have measles in mid-May. Those patients included an unvaccinated infant who was diagnosed with the contagious respiratory disease after the family returned from traveling abroad.

Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus that is spread though the air. Symptoms include fever, blotchy rashes on the skin and tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found on the inside of the mouth.

Measles sickens approximately 20 million people and kills 164,000 worldwide each year. Health officials say the best way to protect against the disease is to get vaccinated. Children should get one dose when they are aged 12 to 15 months, with another dose before they enter kindergarten.