SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018

Measles cases confirmed in Kansas county

Health officials in Finney County, which is located in southwest Kansas, have confirmed two measles cases and launched an investigation into those who might be at risk for the disease.

The health department is unable to release the names of the two people affected by the disease, but it said that it will provide more public information once the investigation has concluded, the Garden City Telegram reports.

"The health department has interviewed the two families affected to determine who else may have been exposed and is working to contact all of those people and ask a series of questions to determine whether or not they are at risk," Ashley Goss, the administrator of the Finney County Health Department, said, according to the Garden City Telegram. "It's a limited area and limited number of people. We don't want people to panic."

While the creation of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine has made measles cases rare in the United States, the disease still infects more than 10 million people and kills close to 200,000 people worldwide each year.

"The tell-tale signs of measles would be someone who has a rash that starts at the head and then travels down the body which generally lasts three days," Goss said, according to the Garden City Telegram. "They will also run a fever of 101, have a cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. The incubation period is anywhere from seven to 10 days. Complications are the biggest concern because the measles can lead to pneumonia or encephalitis."