Wichita-area health officials brace for measles cases

06/24/2014 2:05 PM

08/08/2014 10:25 AM

Updated: The number of KC metro cases is now 29 cases as of Thursday morning.

As measles reaches Kansas, local health care professionals are preparing for it in the Wichita area.

Measles – a highly infectious virus that causes fever, runny nose, cough and body rash – has hit record numbers this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

So far in 2014, the CDC has reported 514 cases in 20 states, with 16 outbreaks representing 87 percent of the reported cases this year.

During most years since 2000, fewer than 100 measles cases have been reported in the U.S.

Earlier this month, three cases were confirmed in Johnson County. The Kansas City metro area has 29 confirmed cases, said Sara Belfry, communications director for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

“We hope we don’t see a widespread outbreak in the state,” said Charlie Hunt, state epidemiologist for KDHE. “That would be an unfortunate circumstance. We’re hoping to avoid that.”

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