WICHITA, Kan. — The KDHE and Sedgwick County Health Department have identified two other possible measles exposure sites in Wichita.
Thursday afternoon, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment sent information about a restaurant in east Wichita. They ask that anyone who dined at Sumo by Nambara, located at 11233 E. 13th St. N., on July 11 or 12, who later developed illness with fever and rash, to contact their healthcare provider. Health officials have determined that an employee restaurant worked during the infectious period, which can occur before symptoms begin.
Earlier in the day, the KDHE identifed another potential exposure from a previously identified case that may have occurred on July 4 at the South Lakes Sports Complex, located at 5300 South Meridian. Eight softball teams from Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Texas attended a tournament on that day.
Although there was possible exposure, the KDHE says that so far there have been no confirmed cases associated with the event. The KDHE and Sedgwick County Health Department are working with health officials in those other states.
The KDHE is asking anyone who attended or participated in the tournament and developed and illness with fever and rash to contact their healthcare provider.
Last week, the KDHE identified another possible exposure point: Sal's Japanese Steakhouse at 6829 East Kellogg in Wichita. More on that story can be found by clicking here.
Again, measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus. Measles is highly contagious and is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. The signs and symptoms of measles typically begin one to two weeks after someone is exposed to an infected person. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 percent of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected with the measles virus. Most measles cases in the United States have occurred among persons who are not immunized.
“The best way to keep from getting the disease is by being vaccinated. Protect children by making sure they have the MMR vaccine when they are 12 to 15 months old, and again before they enter kindergarten,” said Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer.
Indigenous measles was eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, but a resurgence began earlier this year. From January 1 to July 11, there have been 566 confirmed measles cases in 20 states.
The Sedgwick County Health Department is holding a vaccination clinic this weekend. Click here for more information.