Kansas, Missouri update lists of measles exposure sites

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Health departments in Kansas and Missouri have provided an updated list of possible measles exposure sites, most of which are in the Kansas City metro area.

According to a release from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, measles case began appearing in Kansas after a child, who was too young to be vaccinated, became infected while traveling internationally. 

Cases in Missouri stem from an unvaccinated adult who was exposed while traveling abroad.

For a list of exposure sites in Missouri, click here.

For a list of exposure sites in Kansas, click here.

Measles symptoms 

Symptoms typically begin with a high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. Three to five days after symptoms begin a rash develops and usually starts on the face at the hairline and spreads down to the neck, arms, and legs, according to KDHE. 

The best way to prevent measles is to get the MMR vaccine. If you have had measles or have been vaccinated, your risk of contracting the disease is extremely low. 

People who are ill or exhibiting measles-like symptoms should stay home unless they are seeking medical care. The news release says before visiting a healthcare provider, call ahead so the provider can take measures to protect other patients and staff. 

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