There is a suspected case of measles in a resident of Kansas City, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. One person who tested positive for measles after going to a Kansas hospital on March 21 with a rash, said health officials Friday
The disease developed after an international trip, according to the Health Department. The person may have exposed others at the Señor Tequila restaurant in Kansas City on March 1
The disease marks the first case of measles reported in Missouri in recent years.
It is not known if the case is related to a persistent measles outbreak in a Kansas City suburb. Kansas has reported 13 cases in Johnson, Linn and Miami counties south of Kansas City since 8 March. The outbreak is linked to a Johnson County day care home, state health officials said.
On March 21, the Missouri Department of Health reported the person with the measles virus had traveled to Kirkwood and Chesterfield.
Those who went to the Magic House Children's Museum or Racanellis Pizzeria in Kirkwood on March 13 and to the Homewood Suites Hotel in Chesterfield on March 13 or 14 may have been exposed to measles
Prior to the Kansas outbreak It reported 13 cases of measles in the US this year.
Officials say that people who have been exposed to measles should contact a doctor if they develop symptoms. Symptoms include a rash that occurs seven to 21 days after exposure, with high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes.
A rash typically occurs three to five days after onset of symptoms. The rash can look like flat red patches that first break out on the face and spread to the neck, arms, torso, legs and feet.
Measles are highly contagious. The virus is transmitted by coughing and sneezing and, according to health experts, can remain infectious for up to two hours after an infected person leaves the air. It can be prevented by vaccination.
Measles vaccines are given after 12 to 15 months with a booster between 4 and 6 years of age and are required to visit Missouri schools. Nearly 93 percent of Missouri infants are vaccinated against measles, but infants and some adults are vulnerable because the vaccine may wear off over time.
The virus was virtually eliminated in the US before 2000, but outbreaks have arisen in recent years. In some parts of the US, the vaccination rate has declined. Missouri has largely avoided the outbreaks, including 667 cases nationwide, primarily related to an unvaccinated Amish population in Ohio. In 2015, another major outbreak was linked with Disneyland in Southern California.
The last measles outbreak in Missouri and Illinois was in 1994, when more than 200 people became infected, most of them unvaccinated Christian Scientists attending the Principia School in Town and Country or Principia College in Elsah.