(FINNEY COUNTY, Kan.) — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says the family of the initial two cases of measles reported in Finney County recently traveled internationally.
Currently, six cases of the respiratory virus have been confirmed in Finney County. The virus is relatively rare in the U.S. since most children are vaccinated agaisnt the disease, and the vaccine is required for public schools.
The KDHE says it was notified of the first two measles cases on Jan. 10. State health officials say both cases were within the same family and that the family had recently traveled internationally. KDHE says four additional cases followed, two within the same family and two more with people who had contact with the family.
Finney County health officials say they are working to identify anyone who has been in contact with the infected people and contact them.