The Independence Health Department in Missouri reported a confirmed case of measles on Friday in a young child who was not up to date on the vaccines.
The child is recovering in what is the first confirmed case of measles in Independence, Mo., in at least 10 years. Those who are known to have been exposed to the disease in both Independence and Kansas City are being contacted and an investigation is ongoing, the Kansas City Star reports.
Bridgette Casey, an epidemiology specialist with the Independence health department, said that people should protect their children by making sure they have their measles vaccine when they are 12 to 15 months old and again before they enter kindergarten.
The Johnson County Health Department has already reported several cases of measles in the county this year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus that normally grows in the cells that line the back of the throat and lungs. The disease causes fever, runny nose, cough and a rash all over the body. Approximately one out of 10 children with measles also gets an ear infection and as many as one out of 20 get pneumonia. One or two out of 1,000 infected with the measles can die from complications.
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