Missouri health officials announce more possible measles exposure sites

10 cases of measles identified in Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is working with the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department to notify individuals who might have been exposed to measles in the Kansas City area. 

DHSS said there are 10 identified cases of measles among Missouri residents. There are 18 measles cases in Kansas: 14 in Johnson County, three in Linn County, and one in Miami County. 

Known locations where measles exposure may have occurred include: 

  • Casey’s General Store at 112 Branch Street, Platte City, MO — April 12, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • CommunityAmerica Credit Union at 207 NE Englewood Road, Kansas City, MO — April 12, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. 
  • Hy-Vee at 207 NE Englewood Road, Kansas City, MO — April 12, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. 
  • Jasmine Mini Mart at 406 NW Englewood Road, Kansas City, MO — April 12, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. 
  • The Children’s Place - Zona Rosa Town Center at 7220 NW 86th Place, Kansas City, MO — April 14, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Cosentino’s New Mark Sunfresh at 10224 N Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, MO — April 14, 2018 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
  • Cosentino’s New Mark Sunfresh at 10224 N Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, MO — April 15, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. 
  • Saint Joseph Medical Center Medical Mall, Main Entrance and Elevators at 1000 Carondelet Drive, Kansas City, MO — April 18, 2018 from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

View this map for a full list of exposure sites in Missouri and Kansas.

Please note that people who visited the locations marked in green are now outside of the time frame to develop symptoms of measles. People who visited the locations marked in red during the listed time are still at risk.

About measles and symptoms

The Missouri DHSS said measles is a highly contagious, acute viral illness that is transmitted by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing. 

Patients are considered to be contagious from four days before until four days after a rash appears. The measles virus can remain infectious in the air for up to two hours after an infected person leaves an area. 

The symptoms of measles generally include a rash that appears 7-21 days after exposure. The Missouri DHSS said measles typically begins with: 

  • High fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes 

Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash starts to appear. The Missouri DHSS said the rash usually looks like flat, red spots that break out first on the face and spread to the neck, trunk, arms, legs and feet. 

According to the Missouri DHSS, people who may have been exposed to measles should contact their health care provider if they develop cold-like symptoms with a fever and/or rash as described above. If you may have been exposed to measles and you have symptoms, you should NOT go to any health care facility without calling first. This will help the health care facility prepare for your arrival and allow the facility to provide instructions to you to reduce possible exposures to others at the facility.

The Missouri DHSS said measles is a vaccine-preventable disease. You can check with your health care provider to see if you and your family are up-to-date on vaccines. 

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