Two Wichita Cases Of Measles Reported

WICHITA, Kan. (WIBW/AP) -- State health officials say two cases of measles in the Wichita area are linked to a recent outbreak in the bistate Kansas City metropolitan area.

The Sedgwick County cases reported Thursday involve an unvaccinated adult and an infant who is too young to be vaccinated. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says the state has now had five cases of measles this year.

Officials did not disclose the relationship between the Wichita-area cases and those in Johnson County, Kansas, and nearby Clay County, Missouri.

Four Clay County residents were diagnosed with measles in mid-May, including an unvaccinated infant who had traveled abroad with family members.

In early June, an adult and an unvaccinated child in Johnson County contracted measles after having contact with some of the Missouri patients.

Symptoms you should watch for are:
-Blotchy rashes on the skin that usually spreads from the head and chest to the lower parts of the body.
-Runny nose
-Conjunctivitis (red watery eyes)
-Exhaustion and lack of energy
-Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers inside the mouth

Adrienne Byrne-Lutz, Interim Director of the SCHD advised that... “If you have a fever, stay home except to see a health care provider. If you need to visit your health care provider, call ahead so appropriate measures can be taken to protect other patients and staff.”

High risk people tend to be infants and children under 5 years old, adults over 20, pregnant women and anyone with a compromised immune system.

Posted by Greg Palmer