RCHC Implements Measles Precaution

July 23, 2014 | Alerts, Health Advice | By: Zach Muhrer | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Measles, a highly infectious virus that causes fever, runny nose, cough and body rash, has hit record numbers this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention. So far in 2014, the CDC has reported 566 cases of Measles in 20 states. Confirmed cases have been reported in Johnson County, Sedgwick County and the Kansas City metro area.

Rooks County Health Center (RCHC) has implemented a measles precaution effective immediately. Measles symptoms include: fever, cough or runny nose and rash. If you think you may have the measles and need to seek medical care, notify your provider or RCHC before coming to the hospital.

Hospital staff will meet you at the emergency room entrance to apply a special mask before entering the building. Measles patients will be placed in a “negative pressure” isolation room, which prevents the air from entering through the hospital’s regular air system.

If you are in Stockton, please call ahead as you may be directed to the RCHC emergency room or be asked to come after normal clinical hours.

Call ahead for information and instructions: Doctors Without Delay Walk-in Clinic (785) 688-3627, RCHC (785) 688-4449, Stockton Medical Clinic (785) 425-6921 or Post Rock Family Medicine (785) 434-2622.

Further information on measles can be found at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment website: http://www.kdheks.gov/epi/measles.htm