Missouri resident causes measles alert in multiple states

Missouri resident causes measles alert in multiple states
Posted at 6:59 PM, Apr 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-26 14:44:29-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri resident has caused a measles alert in three other states.

Health Departments in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin have issued a warning to residents about possible exposure to measles from an out-of-state resident.

They say a Missouri resident with a confirmed case of measles traveled through the states and visited several locations.

In Iowa, the exposure sites are in Des Moines and Ankney. In Minnesota, the exposure sites are in the southeastern part of the state. 

Meanwhile in Wisconsin, health departments in La Crosse and Trempealeau Counties alerted residents to possible exposure as well.

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.