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Thirteen cases of the measles in the metro confirmed, two more cases probable

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This thin-section transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed the ultrastructural appearance of a single virus particle, or virion, of measles virus. (Photo: CDC)

KANSAS CITY — Health departments on both sides of the state line are investigating more confirmed measles cases that are all possibly linked together. A news release from the Kansas City, Mo. Health Department says that 13 people are suffering from measles with an additional two cases that are probable, but not yet confirmed.

The health department is working with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services as the metro investigation continues. Before Monday, there were reports of three cases in Clay County and two cases in Johnson County, Kan.

The health departments have requested that all of the people infected remain at home while they recover, and they are being supplied immune globulin or other necessary vaccinations. The health department will not identify those infected right now as the investigation is active.

Measles is a rare respiratory disease caused by a virus.  Symptoms usually include fever, blotchy rash on the skin, cough, runny nose, red, watery eyes, aches, tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth.

Measles can be spread to others from four days before to four days after the rash appears. If you believe you’ve been exposed to measles, contact your physician or go to a clinic.

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