First 2018 Measles Cases In Kansas Reported In Three Johnson County Infants

3 kids at JoCo. child care facility test positive for measles	 	 	 			Blood sample positive with measles virus

3 kids at JoCo. child care facility test positive for measles Blood sample positive with measles virus

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment announced Tuesday that three children at JoCo., child care facility have tested positive for measles.

This undated image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on February 4, 2015 shows an electron microscope image of a measles virus particle, center. Those at risk for the disease have been contacted.

"In order to prevent the spread of measles, the affected children and others they have come in contact with have been excluded from the child care facility for 21 days following the last exposure to the disease, per the Kansas Administrative Regulation 28-1-6".

The symptoms of measles typically begin one to two weeks after someone is exposed to an infected person.

Three cases of the measles have been confirmed at a child care facility in suburban Kansas City.

Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus.

"Travelers with measles continue to bring the disease into the U.S. Measles can spread when it reaches a community in the U.S. where groups of people are unvaccinated".

Measles kills tens of thousands of people around the world every year but deaths and even cases are rare in the United States. Most children receive the vaccine between 12 and 15 months old and again before kindergarten.

"Vaccination is the best way to prevent measles in children and adults".

Marsh advised that if a child has a fever, they should be kept home except to see a healthcare provider.

Common measles symptoms include coughing, fever, sneezing, red eyes and rashes. Anyone needing to visit a healthcare provider with a suspected case of measles should call ahead so appropriate measures can be taken to protect other patients and staff.

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