The number of possible measles exposure sites is growing. (AP)
The number of possible measles exposure sites is growing.
Kansas City now has four confirmed cases of measles, including one resident visiting Warren Hills Elementary in the Liberty School District. The Clay County Department of Health does not believe that anyone was exposed at the school because the student was absent from school while he was contagious.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is working with the Kansas City Health Department to inform people about two new sites where they may have been exposed to measles.
Known places where exposures may have occurred are:
- The KCI Expo Center Midwest Parenting Vendor Hall on April 6 from 8:30 to 1
- Nebraska Furniture Mart on April 10 from 9:30 to 2:00 pm
Measles are highly contagious and are transmitted through contact with an infected person due to coughing or sneezing. The virus can remain infectious in the air for two hours after the infected person leaves the room. Symptoms usually include a rash that occurs 7-21 days after exposure.
"For these types of things, tend to end." Every year we have different outbreaks situations, whether it's food and environment, E. coli or Listeria or it affects things like mumps or influenza outbreak or increased cases during the flu season So we're seeing an end, but it's hard to say when the end will be. Dana Hawkinson, an infectious disease doctor at the University of Kansas Health System.
Hawkinson calls everyone to get vaccinated. He says they are very effective and protect you easily from infections like measles.
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