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Outbreak alert: Measles hits Kansas City! Airport and hospital exposure risks

Rashes caused due to measles | Credits: Getty Images

United States: The health concerns related to the measles virus have increased and have now reached Clay County, and health officials have issued warnings of the potential exposure that happened at the Kansas City International Airport earlier this month.

The measles case at the Kansas City International Airport was confirmed by the Clay County Public Health Center on January 4 (Thursday) and at North Kansas City Hospital on January 5 and January 6.

The health department further shared the places with potential measles exposures, which included:

Kansas City International Airport:

Kansas City International Airport | Credits: Bloomberg

Any individual in Terminal B on the evening of January 4 – between 6:15 pm and 9 pm. It is to be noted that the health officials have been contacting potentially exposed passengers from that specific flight.

North Kansas City Hospital | Credits: Google Images

North Kansas City Hospital:

  • Persons available in the Emergency Department waiting area/ patient processing/ observation were present on January 5, 2024, between 8:26 am and 4:15 pm.
  • VIII Floor of Pavilion Medical and Surgical Patient Unit, present between January 5 – 6:30 pm and January 7 – 8:30 pm.  
  • II Floor Admission Unit on January 5, between 2:15 pm and 8:30 pm.

Sharing a sigh of relief, the health officials have mentioned that if an individual has taken a jab against measles (mumps and rubella), then the chance of getting sick is extremely low.

The health department further explained that the vulnerable population is non-vaccinated and infants – who are too young to be vaccinated. It also outlined that the people who can get infected should carefully examine their symptoms of measles.

A highly infectious respiratory disease – measles!

Measles is a highly infected respiratory disease – which is caused by the virus, according to health experts. The most common mediums of spread are breathing, coughing, and sneezing. The disease can spread from one infected person to another from four days before to four days after the rash appears.

Rashes caused because of Measles | Credits: Google Images

The most common symptoms of measles are a high fever, cough, runny nose, and red and watery eyes. In addition to this, the patient also sees rashes that appear within 7-21 days of exposure – it is to be noted that the experts warned that a rash begins to appear nearly three to five days after symptoms begin. The most common places where a rash appears are on the face, near the hairline, and it spreads downwards to the neck, arms, legs, and feet.

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