Two more measles cases reported in KCMO

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two additional cases of measles have been reported in the Kansas City, Mo., according to the KCMO Health Department.

This brings the total number of measles cases up to four in KCMO.

It doesn't appear the KCMO cases are connected to cases reported in Johnson County, Kansas.

According to the Clay County Public Health Center, a KCMO resident who attends Warren Hills Elementary in Liberty is one of the confirmed cases. However, the department does not believe anyone was exposed at Warren Hills Elementary during school hours. 

Last week, the KCMO Health Department identified six locations and dates when people could have been exposed to measles. 

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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