10-case measles outbreak linked to Kansas daycare

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed 10 measles cases in the state as of March 19.

Officials learned of the first measles case, linked to a daycare facility in Johnson County, March 8. The outbreak has affected eight Johnson County residents, one Linn County resident and one Miami County resident.

"KDHE urges people who are ill or exhibiting measles-like symptoms to stay at home unless they are seeking medical care," the health department said. "Before visiting a healthcare provider, call ahead so that the provider can take measures to protect other patients and staff. This outbreak continues to be investigated, and KDHE and county health departments are working to identify contacts."

Measles virus is highly transmissible and characterized by a rash that spreads all over the body. The virus can also cause fever, runny nose and cough. 

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