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Posted on: January 23, 2012

[ARCHIVED] MEASELS OUTBREAK IN FINNEY COUNTY

There have been four cases of measles identified in the community in Finney County, Kansas.
DO NOT GO TO WORK, SCHOOL, ATTEND CHURCH OR OTHER GATHERINGS IF YOU HAVE A FEVER. THIS INCLUDES GOING TO THE STORE, RESTAURANTS, OR OTHER PUBLIC PLACES.
What are the symptoms of measles?
Measles symptoms initially are fever, runny nose, tiredness, and cough. Three to five days after the initial illness, a blotchy rash occurs beginning at the hairline, moving to the face and upper neck, and then down the body.
Measles is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. It is so contagious that any person who is exposed to it and is not immune will probably get the disease. Measles can be spread to others before the rash appears.
The best way to keep from getting the disease is by being vaccinated. Protect children by making sure they have the MMR vaccine when they are 12 to 15 months old and again before they enter kindergarten. People born before 1957 are generally considered to have had measles and are typically immune.
Unimmunized people are at greater risk of coming down with measles if exposed to someone who is sick. Unimmunized people who have had contact with a person with measles are required to stay at home and away from all public places, school or work for 21 days after their contact.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU OR YOUR CHILD HAS SYMPTOMS OF MEASLES?
Make sure to stay at home and avoid having visitors until you have talked with your doctor or clinic. Your doctor or clinic will tell you if you should come in for a visit. Anyone who is sick with a fever should stay home. DO NOT GO TO WORK, SCHOOL, ATTEND CHURCH OR OTHER GATHERINGS IF YOU HAVE A FEVER. THIS INCLUDES GOING TO THE STORE, RESTAURANTS, OR OTHER PUBLIC PLACES.
Please contact Finney County Health Department should you have any questions or think you may have signs and symptoms, you can reach us by calling 272-3600.

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