The measles outbreak has yet to reach Franklin County, a health department official said.
Midge Ransom, Franklin County Health Department director, said it is important to remember that if adults and children in the household have been vaccinated, they are not at risk for the measles.
“If they have not had their children — over the age of one year — vaccinated, we would encourage them to come in and be vaccinated,” she said. “It would help curtail it. The scary part is it started among infants. They are the most susceptible and most at risk of serious consequences.”
On March 8, 2018, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment were notified of a case of measles in a daycare in Johnson County.
Ten cases have now been identified — eight Johnson County residents, one Linn County resident associated with the daycare and one Miami County resident not associated with the daycare, as of Tuesday, according to a KDHE news release.
Because measles is a highly infectious disease, it is very important that if a person has been exposed and is starting to experience symptoms they stay home except to see a healthcare provider and limit their contact with people, the news release said.
The outbreak continues to be investigated, and KDHE and county health departments are working to identify contacts, KDHE officials said. The average number of days between when a person is exposed to measles, and when they first start showing symptoms is about 10 to 14 days but can range from 7 to 21 days, according to the release.
Secondary cases are now appearing outside of the daycare, according to the KDHE release. KDHE said a concern is that some individuals in the general population may have potentially been exposed to persons with measles while they were infectious. KDHE said if a person has visited one or more of these locations on the dates and times listed they may have been exposed to measles:
• Auburn Pharmacy; 625 E. Main St., Mound City, Kansas, on March 13 from 4:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
• Aldi’s; 15290 W. 119th St., Olathe, Kansas, on March 2 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• Payless Discount Foods; 2101 E. Santa Fe St., Olathe, on March 6 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• El Potro Mexican Café; 602 N. Pearl St., Paola, Kansas, on March 7 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas Emergency Department; 5808 W. 110th St., Overland Park, Kansas, on March 8 and March 10 in the morning.
• AMC Dine-In Studio 28; 12075 S. Strang Line Road, Olathe, on March 9 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
• Budget Coin Laundry; 798 E. Main St., Gardner, Kansas, on March 9 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
• Olathe YMCA swimming pool and locker room; 21400 W. 153rd St., Olathe, on March 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Bath and Body Works at Legends Outlets; 1803 Village W. Pkwy, Kansas City, Kansas, on March 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
• Crazy 8 at Legends Outlets; 1843 Village W. Pkwy, Kansas City, Kansas, on March 10 after 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
• Orange Leaf; 11524 W. 135th St. Overland Park, on March 10 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus, the KDHE release said. Measles is spread through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing. Measles can be spread to others from four days before to four days after the rash appears, according to KDHE. Measles cannot be spread to others by people who do not have the disease, the release said.