Record Number of Reported Measles Cases in US! Confirmed 13 cases in Kansas City
The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services is sending this notice to assure area healthcare providers are aware of a measles outbreak occurring in the Kansas City metro area as it is possible some exposed people may travel outside the Kansas City metro area.
Health departments in the Kansas City Metro area are working with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services as they continue to investigate a measles outbreak in the metro area. To date, health officials have identified 13 confirmed cases and two probable cases around the metro area that are all possibly linked to each other. PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED HEALTH ALERT FOR SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PROVIDERS.
KC Metro area health departments have asked those who have been identified as having been exposed to remain at home until it is clear that they do not have the disease, which can take up to three weeks to develop. Health departments are providing them with the needed vaccinations or IG, to help them fight off the potential infection.
Due to the length of time these families will need to stay separated from the general public, health departments are working with community partners and employers to make sure their dietary needs are met and their jobs remain available for them upon their return.
For more information, please contact the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services at 573-874-7355. Thank you, Columbia/Boone Co. Public Health & Human Services