April 12, 2018

Possible measles exposure in the Kansas City, Missouri area

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the Kansas City Missouri Health Department have been notified of a confirmed case of measles. At this time, the investigation does not connect the individual to the Kansas outbreak of measles. The Department is waiting for the completion of tests to determine the strain of disease from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  In addition, the Kansas City Health Department can now confirm the previously reported Kansas City case was not related to current Kansas outbreak of measles.

DHSS is working with the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department to notify individuals who may have been exposed to measles in the Kansas City, Missouri area related to this most recent confirmed case. Known locations where exposures may have occurred include the following: 

Date Location Name Exposure Timeframe Location Address

March 30, 2018

Barnes & Noble

8:00 AM-10:30 AM

Oak Park Mall

11323 W 95th St

Overland Park, KS

March 30, 2018

Subway

11:30 AM-2:30 PM

312 E 51st St

Kansas City, MO

March 30, 2018

Cosentino's Price Chopper

12:30 PM-5:00 PM

6327 Brookside Plaza

Kansas City, MO

March 31, 2018

Laundroplex

5:00 PM-10:00 PM

575 NW 68th St

Kansas City, MO

March 31, 2018

Quick Trip

7:00 PM-9:30 PM

601 NW 68th St

Kansas City, MO

April 1, 2018

Pleasant Valley Baptist Church (church and lobby)

10:30 PM-2:30 PM

1600 MO-291

Liberty, MO

Note:  Locations where individuals may have been exposed to measles, but can be identified, are not listed.  Those individuals will be notified separately.

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 the rash appears. The measles virus can remain infectious in the air for up to two hours after an infected person leaves an area. Measles is a vaccine-preventable disease. You can check with your health care provider to make sure you and your family are up-to-date on vaccines.

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

  • A high fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes

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

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 exposure to others at the facility.

Director of DHSS, Dr. Randall Williams, says, "If someone has measles, it is important they stay isolated from others to keep from spreading it. Measles is extremely contagious, and you can have very severe outcomes. For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die from it. If you are diagnosed with measles, it is important to follow the instructions of your health care provider and public health officials to protect your family and community."

Health care providers should isolate suspected measles case-patients and immediately report suspected cases to the local public health agency or to DHSS at 573/751-6113 or 800/392-0272 outside normal business hours. For more information about measles go to https://www.cdc.gov/measles/index.html

About the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services: The department seeks to be the leader in protecting health and keeping people safe. More information about DHSS can be found at health.mo.gov.

 

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