Preventing the spread of measles: 'clean just about anything you can think of'

Posted at 7:10 PM, Mar 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-29 20:27:09-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There are now 14 reported cases of measles in Kansas, with 15 different locations where you could have been exposed.

Those exposure sites include places like the Olathe YMCA and the University of Kansas Hospital. We wanted to know how those locations should clean up after the highly contagious viral disease.

"Typically just standard cleaning procedures should take care of the virus on most surfaces," Dr. Rachel Hailey of Lee's Summit Medical Center said.

Measles is transmitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the virus can live for up to two hours in the air or on surfaces.



"Cleaning just about anything you can think of is a good idea," Dr. Hailey added about exposure sites.

Here's another important tip — if you think you may have been exposed, don't just show up at the doctor's office.

"We do want you to get checked out, but call the doctor's office first and say I think I've been exposed to measles, so they can take the precautions to protect other patients," Dr. Hailey said.