Two more measles cases confirmed in Sedgwick County; total now 8

07/15/2014 3:34 PM

08/08/2014 10:25 AM

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

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

Student health services at Wichita State University were contacted by the Sedgwick County Health Department about a student who has measles, according to a news release. The student is taking summer classes but does not live on campus.

The student had not received a vaccine to protect against the illness. Only the one case involves a Wichita State student, the release says.

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

This year, there has been a resurgence of measles nationwide, with 566 cases in 20 states.

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 he or she has been exposed to measles not to go to an emergency room, doctor’s office or urgent care center, because measles is highly contagious. Instead, people should call their health care providers 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 younger than 5, adults older than 20, pregnant women and anyone with a compromised immune system.

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