More measles cases confirmed in Sedgwick

7/15/2014

By Kelsey Ryan

By Kelsey Ryan

The Wichita Eagle

(MCT) — Health officials are reporting two more cases of measles in Sedgwick County — bringing the total number of confirmed cases to eight in Sedgwick County, according to a news release from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The most recent cases are in an infant too young to be vaccinated and an adult. Both are linked to other local cases, according to a news release.

There have also been three reported cases in Johnson County, bringing the total number of cases in Kansas to 11.

The increase in measles nationwide is largely attributable to growing numbers of people who refuse to vaccinate their children, health officials say.

The health department is asking that anyone who thinks they have been exposed to measles not go to an emergency room, doctor's office or urgent care center because measles is highly contagious. Instead, people should call their health care provider or a measles information hotline at 316-660-7424.

Symptoms include fever, rash, cough, runny nose, watery eyes, aches and tiny white spots with bluish-white centers in the mouth.

People at high risk for complications from measles include infants and children aged younger than 5, adults aged over 20, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems.

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