Possible measles exposure at KCI Expo Center

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is working with the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department to notify individuals who may have been exposed to measles in the Kansas City, Missouri area.  
Known locations where exposures may have occurred include the KCI Expo Center on April 6 and Nebraska Furniture Mart in Kansas City, Kan., on April 10.
The KCI Expo Center, at 11730 NW Ambassador Drive, hosted a Midwest Parent Educator Vendor Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Measles is a highly contagious, acute viral illness that is transmitted by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing. Patients are considered to be contagious from four days before until four days after the rash appears. The measles virus can remain infectious in the air for up to two hours after an infected person leaves an area. Measles is vaccine-preventable disease. Check with your health care provider to make sure you and your family are up-to-date on vaccines.
The symptoms of measles generally include a rash that appears 7-21 days after exposure. Measles typically begins with:
A high fever
Runny nose
Red, watery eyes
Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash starts to appear. The rash usually looks like flat red spots that break out first on the face and spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs and feet. 
People who may have been exposed to measles should contact their health care provider if they develop cold-like symptoms with a fever and/or rash as described above. If you may have been exposed to measles and you have symptoms, you should NOT go to any health care facility without calling first. This will help the health care facility prepare for your arrival and allow the facility to provide instructions to you to reduce possible exposures to others at the facility. 
Director of DHSS, Dr. Randall Williams, says, “If someone has measles, it is important they stay isolated from others to keep from spreading it. Measles is extremely contagious, and you can have very severe outcomes. For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die from it. If you are diagnosed with measles, it is important to follow the instructions of your health care provider and public health officials to protect your family and community.” 
Health care providers should isolate suspected measles case-patients and immediately report suspected cases to the local public health agency or to DHSS at 573-751-6113 or 800-392-0272 outside normal business hours. For more information about measles go to https://www.cdc.gov/measles/index.html.