Measles cases continue to grow in eastern Kansas outbreak

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The measles outbreak in eastern Kansas continues to grow with 16 cases now reported in three counties. 

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), 13 cases have been reported in Johnson County, two in Linn County and one in Miami County since March 8.

KDHE does not believe this outbreak is linked to the two cases reported in Missouri. 

People who have visited the following locations on the dates and times listed may have been exposed to measles:  

  • Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in the Lobby and Sanctuary; 13300 Kenneth Rd., Leawood, KS.  April 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
  • Casey’s General Store; 207 S. 9th St., Mound City, KS. March 28 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Olathe Health Family Medicine; 302 N. 1st St., Mound City, KS. March 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
  • Olathe Health Family Medicine; 1017 E. Market St., La Cygne, KS. March 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
  • Casey’s General Store; 406 E. Market St., La Cygne, KS. March 27 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m

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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