Three infants come down with measles at JOCO daycare

March 13, 2018 - 4:17 pm

Three infants at the same daycare in Johnson County have come down with the measles virus.

Measles symptoms often first present like a cold or a flu, but then the tell-tale spotted rash shows up.

 Nancy Tausz, Johnson County Department of Health, says it can be difficult to figure out if your baby has measles.And in babies it can take longer for the rash to appear, making treatment difficult.  

Often doctors will treat babies for other conditions, like ear infections or head colds, until the rash shows up several days into the infection.

Children under the age of 12 months cannot get the MMR vaccine, so its up to providers and parents to make sure that they're current on their vaccines to keep the disease at bay.

The health department is now trying to pinpoint how the children came into contact with the measles.  

In order to prevent the spread of measles, the affected children and others they have come in contact with have been excluded from the child care facility for 21 days following their last exposure.

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