First 2018 Measles Cases In Kansas Reported In Three Johnson County Infants

Three measles cases have been confirmed in a Johnson County child care facility, the Johnson County Health Department said Tuesday.

This undated image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on February 4, 2015 shows an electron microscope image of a measles virus particle, center. The department says it has reached out to contact those at risk for the disease.

"Vaccination is the best way to prevent measles in children and adults", Health Director Lougene Marsh told the Kansas City Star.

Tausz says they should call ahead to a doctor's office to let them know they suspect their child has measles.

"In order to prevent the spread of measles, the affected children and others they have come in contact with have been excluded from the child care facility for 21 days following the last exposure to the disease, per the Kansas Administrative Regulation 28-1-6".

Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus.

Measles, a respiratory disease caused by a virus, kills approximately 146,000 people worldwide each year, but cases in the USA are rare since the creation of the MMR vaccine. Children are typically given their first dose of the two-dose vaccine between 12 and 15 months of age. The virus is so contagious that an exam room where a child with measles has been seen can not be used for two hours after the exam takes place.

Measles is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing.

"If your child has a fever, keep them home except to see a healthcare provider", said a spokesperson for the department of health and environment.

Tausz advises parents whose children have these symptoms and were exposed to the virus to take care to avoid spreading the highly contagious disease.