2 more Liberty students infected with measles

Posted at 8:53 PM, Apr 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-24 21:53:39-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two additional cases of measles have been confirmed in Liberty Public Schools students.

A Liberty Public Schools spokesperson said that a student at Liberty North High School and a student a South Valley Middle School have both tested positive for the measles. However, the student at Liberty North High School was absent while contagious so officials do not believe there was any measles exposure at the school.

However, officials do believe students at South Valley Middle School were exposed on April 18. 

These students are added to the growing list of measles cases reported on both the Missouri and Kansas side of the state line. 

Last week, officials announced a student at Warren Hills Elementary had the measles but said they didn't believe others at the school were exposed.

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.