Johnson County, Kansas – The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment announced on Tuesday that three children at the JoCo child care facility have tested positive for measles.
Measles, a respiratory disease caused by a virus, kills approximately 146,000 people worldwide each year, but cases in the US UU They are rare since the creation of the MMR vaccine. Most children receive the vaccine between 12 and 15 months of age and again before kindergarten.
The department of health and environment said that all cases occurred in children who are less than a year old and have not yet been vaccinated.
Those at risk for the disease have been contacted and the investigation is ongoing.
Those who were exposed to the disease will be excluded from the child care center for 21 days.
Measles is transmitted through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing.
“If your child has a fever, keep it at home, except to see a health care provider,” said a spokesman for the department of health and environment. “If you need to visit your health care provider, call ahead to take appropriate measures to protect other patients and staff,” Marsh said.
Measles Symptoms, which measles usually start one to two weeks after someone is exposed, include:
• Rash with spots on the skin, which extends from the head to the trunk and then to the lower extremities (measles can be transmitted to other people from four days before to four days after the rash appears).
• Runny nose
• Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
• Feeling exhausted, sore
• Small white spots with bluish-white centers that are inside the mouth (Koplik spots)