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12:55 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Measles: What To Know During Local Outbreak

A small line forms for free MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccines at the Sedgwick County Health Department office.
Credit Abigail Wilson

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has reported 11 cases of measles in Sedgwick County. Outbreaks have been reported in a number of states. According to the Center for Disease Control, the disease has seen very low infection rates since the early 2000’s, but this year, cases have nearly tripled. This has brought the spotlight back onto vaccinations.  

A Vaccination Clinic

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12:29 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Affordable Care Act Ruling Could Affect Kansas and Missouri

Kansas and Missouri are among the states that would be affected if a federal court ruling on Obamacare subsidies stands.

As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, consumers in both states could lose the subsidies that help make the coverage affordable.

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5:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Salina To Vote On Fluoridation

A petition to remove fluoride from Salina’s water supply was submitted on Monday to the city clerk.

A grassroots organization called Salina Cares delivered the petition and its 2041 signatures to city clerk Shandi Wicks on July 21st.

The petition is a request to the city of Salina to remove fluoride from the city’s public water supply.

The group intends to put the issue up for a vote in the November elections.

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11:27 am
Fri July 18, 2014

The Food Deserts Of Wichita

The food deserts of Wichita
Credit Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita

Tomorrow marks the final day of business for two Dillons grocery stores in Wichita. According to the company, the stores have been underperforming for a number of years. Their absence could add to a problem that already exists in the city - an increasing number of what are called “food deserts.” Food deserts are low-income neighborhoods which have little access to fresh, affordable food.

When Grocers Close, Nutrition Goes With Them

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11:23 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Toxic Algae Warnings Issued For Seven Kansas Lakes

Kansas health officials have issued warnings for seven lakes around the state because of toxic algae.

The KDHE said Thursday that high levels of toxic blue-green algae have been found at Chisolm Creek Park Lake in Sedgwick County, Marion Reservoir, Memorial Park Lake in Barton County, Milford Reservoir in Clay, Geary and Dickinson counties, Jewell State Fishing Lake, Lake Warnock in Atchison County and South Park Lake in Johnson County.

Warnings mean water conditions aren't safe for direct contact and that wading, skiing and swimming should be prohibited.

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10:30 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Agriculture Dept. To Allow Emergency Haying And Grazing In 44 Counties

The Agriculture Department is allowing emergency haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program acreage in 44 Kansas counties.

The drought has depleted hay supplies and affected the growth of hay and pasture in parts of Kansas.

An official with the Kansas Farm Service Agency says many producers cannot maintain their current herds without the emergency measure.

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3:42 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

New Measles Exposure Sites Found

Credit El Alvi / Flickr Creative Commons

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Sedgwick County Health Department have identified two more sites where people could have been exposed to measles in Wichita. A new case of the virus has also been confirmed. KMUWs Abigail Wilson reports…

A new case of measles has been identified in Wichita, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 9 since the first was reported on July 10.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said an employee at Sumo by Nambara, a restaurant on East 13th Street North has been identified as having the virus.

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12:18 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Pharmacy Board Recommends Tracking Of Prescription Cough Syrup Ingredient

The Kansas Board of Pharmacy wants an ingredient used in prescription cough syrup to be tracked by the state because it’s being abused.

Debra Billingsley is executive secretary of the board of pharmacy, she told lawmakers Monday that promethazine with codeine syrup is being increasingly abused as a recreational drug, particularly by high school students. She says when it’s mixed with soda or candy the mixture is often called by several slang names, including "purple drank" and "sizzurp."

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5:23 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Multiple Cases Of Measles Discovered in Wichita

Measles virus (paramyxoviridae)
Credit Sanofi Pasteur, flickr Creative Commons

UPDATE:

Multiple cases of measles have been reported in Sedgwick County including a student taking summer classes at Wichita State University and four individuals linked to a restaurant in the city. 

According to Wichita State University, the student had not received an MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella.

Following health department guidelines, WSU Student Health is notifying faculty, staff and students who may have been exposed to this individual.

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12:13 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Two Measles Cases Discovered In Wichita Area

State health officials say two cases of measles in the Wichita area are linked to a recent outbreak in the bistate Kansas City metropolitan area.

The Sedgwick County cases reported Thursday involve an unvaccinated adult and an infant who is too young to be vaccinated. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says the state has now had five cases of measles this year.

Officials did not disclose the relationship between the Wichita-area cases and those in Johnson County, Kansas, and nearby Clay County, Missouri.

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