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Four more measles cases reported in Sedgwick County

WICHITA, Kansas - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Sedgwick County Health Department have reported four additional cases of measles in Sedgwick County, Kansas.

One case was in an adult linked to a recent outbreak of measles in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and who is an employee at Sals Japanese Steakhouse, two other adults were also employees at Sals Japanese Steakhouse and became infected.

The fourth case was in an unvaccinated infant whose only known exposure was at the restaurant.

Due to the concern of transmission to the public, health officials are requesting anyone who dined at Sals Japanese Steakhouse, 6829 E. Kellogg Dr. in Wichita, on the following dates: June 20, 23, 25, 29, July 3, 5, and July 7, and later developed an illness with fever and rash to contact their health care provider.

Healthcare providers who have questions should call the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at 877-427-7317 or the Sedgwick County Health Department at 316-660-7424.

Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus. With the creation of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, measles cases have generally been rare in the United States; however, it still sickens approximately 20 million and kills 164,000 people worldwide each year.

There has been a resurgence of measles cases in the United States in 2014. From January 1, 2014 through July 3, 2014, 554 confirmed measles cases have been reported in 20 states. This is the highest number of cases since indigenous measles elimination was documented in the U.S. in 2000.

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, said Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer.

 

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