Heartland Health Monitor
8:12 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Kansas Health Officials Hope To Contain Measles Outbreak

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.

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.

The fourth case is in an unvaccinated baby whose only known exposure was through the restaurant. Health officials say anyone who was at the restaurant on any of seven days from mid-June through the first week of July could have been exposed.

Tell-tale symptoms of measles are fever and a blotchy rash. The Sedgwick County Health Department is advising anyone with these symptoms to call ahead before seeking health care. That will give the provider a chance to take precautions to prevent the spread of the highly-contagious respiratory disease.