MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

Kansas reports four more measles cases

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) announced on Saturday that four cases of measles were reported in Sedgwick County.

Three of the cases were employees at Sal's Japanese Steakhouse in Wichita, Kan., while the other was an unvaccinated infant whose only known exposure to measles was at the restaurant.

The KDHE is advising anyone who visited the steakhouse on June 20, 23, 25 or 29, as well as July 3, 5 or 7, and later developed a fever with a rash to contact their doctor.

"If you have a fever, stay home except to see a healthcare provider," Adrienne Byrne-Lutz, the interim director of the SCHD, said. "If you need to visit your healthcare provider, call ahead so appropriate measures can be taken to protect other patients and staff."

The U.S. recorded the most cases of measles this year, with 554 through July 3, since indigenous elimination of the disease was documented in 2000.

"The best way to keep from getting the disease is by being vaccinated," Robert Moser, the KDHE secretary, said. "Protect children by making sure they have the MMR vaccine when they are 12 to 15 months old and again before they enter kindergarten."

Kansas has reported a total of nine measles cases so far this year.