Measles cases tracked to source


By Deb Gruver

By Deb Gruver

The Wichita Eagle

(MCT) — Four measles cases in Sedgwick County have been traced to Sal's Japanese Steakhouse in Wichita, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed Saturday.

Those who ate at the restaurant at 6829 E. Kellogg on June 20, 23, 25 or 29 or July 3, 5 or 7 and later developed a fever and rash are being asked to call their doctor.

One case was an adult who worked at Sal's and whose measles were traced to an outbreak in the Kansas City area. Two other adults also were employees at Sal's. The fourth was "an unvaccinated infant whose only known exposure was at the restaurant," a news release from KDHE said.

Health care providers with patient questions may call the department at 877-427-73174.

Princeton Children's Center, in northeast Wichita, has closed two classrooms for babies until July 24 after an infant attending the facility came down with measles, the health department said.

Children don't get their first dose of measles vaccine until 12 to 15 months. They receive a booster shot between ages 4 and 6. Getting a booster before kindergarten is recommended.

The health department stressed that children at the day care who have been vaccinated against measles aren't at risk.

Those who have been exposed to measles shouldn't go to an emergency room, doctor's office or urgent care center because it is so contagious. Instead, people should call their health care provider or a measles information hotline at 316-660-7424.

Measles can spread to others four days before and after a rash appears. Symptoms include: fever, a rash, cough, runny nose, red and watery eyes, aches, fatigue, tiny white spots with bluish-white centers in the mouth.

"The best way to keep from getting the disease is by being vaccinated. Protect children by making sure they have the MMR vaccine when they are 12 to 15 months old, and again before they enter kindergarten," KDHE Secretary Robert Moser said.

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