disease http://kcur.org en Kansas Health Officials Hope To Contain Measles Outbreak http://kcur.org/post/kansas-health-officials-hope-contain-measles-outbreak <p>State and local health officials are trying to contain a measles outbreak that started in May in the Kansas City area, and has since spread to Wichita.</p><p>Six of those are in the Wichita area. The four newest cases are all linked to Sal's Japanese Steakhouse, in Wichita. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says an employee of the restaurant was connected to the outbreak in Kansas City. Two other employees also became infected later.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:12:14 +0000 Bryan Thompson 58855 at http://kcur.org Two Measles Cases In Johnson County Spur Investigation http://kcur.org/post/two-measles-cases-johnson-county-spur-investigation <p>Kansas state health officials confirmed two cases of measles in Johnson County Friday. The cases may be linked to four others on the Missouri side of Kansas City.</p><p>Kansas Department of Health and Environment spokeswoman Aimee Rosenow&nbsp;says everyone at risk of exposure is being contacted, and the investigation into the two Johnson County cases is ongoing.</p><p>One of the patients is an unvaccinated child, the other is an adult.&nbsp;</p><p>"We're not certain of the vaccination status of the adult, but they are connected," she says.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:02:12 +0000 Bryan Thompson 56949 at http://kcur.org Clay County Measles Cases Spark Immunization Concerns http://kcur.org/post/clay-county-measles-cases-spark-immunization-concerns <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A small outbreak of measles stemming from a Clay County family has some area doctors worried that more may catch the illness. After traveling abroad to the Pacific Rim, an infant who wasn't immunized to the disease was diagnosed and spread it to two family members last week.</span></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 15:35:02 +0000 Steve Kraske, Jenny Whitty & Cody Newill 56027 at http://kcur.org Clay County Measles Cases Spark Immunization Concerns Kansas Lags Behind Missouri In Infectious Disease Preparedness http://kcur.org/post/kansas-lags-behind-missouri-infectious-disease-preparedness <p>Kansas lags behind Missouri in being prepared for infectious diseases. That’s according to <a href="http://www.healthyamericans.org/assets/files/TFAH2013OutbreaksRpt07.pdf">a new report</a> from the Trust for America’s Health.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Both states lose points for low vaccination rates and for cutting funding for public health.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas also ranked low because it doesn’t require health facilities to report infections.</span></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:48:16 +0000 Alex Smith 48527 at http://kcur.org Kansas Hospitals Making Progress On Infections http://kcur.org/post/kansas-hospitals-making-progress-infections <p>The first-ever statewide report on infections in Kansas hospitals shows progress against two specific types of infections.</p><p>According to the CDC, Americans contract 1.7 million infections every year while being treated in hospitals and 99,000 people die from these infections, adding $30 billion to the nation&rsquo;s healthcare costs.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 13:45:00 +0000 Bryan Thompson 44306 at http://kcur.org ALS Research Discoveries Hold Promise; Drug Shortages Cause Scares http://kcur.org/post/als-research-discoveries-hold-promise-drug-shortages-cause-scares <p>New insights about the development of ALS, or Lou Gehrig&#39;s disease, can help explain what causes nerve- and muscle-cell failure in sufferers, and researchers hope the new knowledge will help design drugs to combat the disease.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 19:33:16 +0000 Steve Kraske 11378 at http://kcur.org ALS Research Discoveries Hold Promise; Drug Shortages Cause Scares