Sedgwick County baby tests negative for measles

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) An 11-month-old is quarantined after she was exposed to measles at Walmart last week. The baby's mom, Taryn Zweygardt, said her baby, Collins, hasn't had any measles symptoms, but The KDHE wants her to stay away from the public to be safe.

"My daughter is quarantined for 28 days from the exposure," said Zweygardt. "She cannot go to daycare. I cannot take her anywhere public. She just has to stay home with me."

Zweygardt said she saw our article about the exposure, and she learned they were at Walmart during the time of exposure.

"It's kind of crazy," said Zweygardt. "Obviously something I never thought I would have to go through. You just worry. You worry for your child and then other peoples children as well."

Collins hasn't shown any signs of measles. Zweygardt was vaccinated, and she said doctors gave her baby an immunoglobulin to decrease her chances of getting measles

"Learning that even people that are vaccinated could still be at risk is kind of a scary thing," said Zweygardt.

Infectious Disease Doctor Tom Moore said those people are usually ones with weaker immune systems.

"The vaccine is very, very good, but it's not quite 100%, so there are some people who will fall through the cracks," said Moore.

He said people who can't be vaccinated can benefit from herd immunity.

"You don't have to immunize 100% of the population," said Moore. "If you immunize enough people, then they'll provide protection to those few who can't receive the vaccine."

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UPDATE (8 p.m. Monday): A Sedgwick County baby that was tested for measles does not have the virus. The Sedgwick County Health Department confirmed to Eyewitness News Monday night that the test results were negative.

The child was believed to have possibly contracted the virus while in a day care setting at Pathway Church in west Wichita. A person who tested positive for the virus was at the church on Monday, July 10 between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Currently, there is one confirmed case of the measles in Sedgwick County. The Sedgwick County Health Department says that person was infected by a person in Butler County who had the virus. It believed that person contracted the virus while visiting Romania.

Measles can stay in the air for up to two hours after someone who is infected coughs or wheezes, but those people don't always know they have the virus.

Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to the measles should call the KDHE Epidemiology Hotline at 1-877-427-7317 for further evaluation. Do not go to your doctor's office because the virus could be spread there. Instead, call them first and ask how you should proceed.

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A Wichita church and school have issued statements after they were listed as locations visited by a person infected with measles.

The Sedgwick County Health Department says the individual visited Pathway Church, located at 2001 North Maize Road, between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Monday, July 10. The church issued the following statement:

"In recent days the Westlink Campus at Pathway Church was notified by the Kansas Department of Health and Sedgwick County Division of Health, about a confirmed case of measles in Sedgwick County. We were informed that this person was at our Westlink Campus on Monday, July 10 between 8am and 11am.

Our staff has informed our families of the situation and will continue to direct our families to the KDHE to answer their questions. We are working with the KDHE and the CDC to ensure we comply with the necessary procedures they require to ensure that all families have an understanding of this health risk and get their questions answered.

The health department says on Thursday, July 13, the person visited Vermillion Elementary in Maize from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The school district issued the following statement:

"Maize USD 266 has taken extra steps in recent days to ensure that our Vermillion Elementary School building is as healthy and clean as possible following the presence of a person with measles being in that school for a short time on the morning of July 13.

During the weekend, we conducted additional targeted cleaning and disinfecting of all physical areas potentially affected, including doors, water fountains, restrooms, hallways, and classrooms. In addition, we had routine summertime carpet treatments and flooring cleaning in that building since Thursday morning.

A partner summer school program was in session in our building on July 13. All families and employees involved have been contacted and informed of any next steps they should take. Due to privacy concerns, including those related to FERPA, we are unable to release any potentially identifiable information, including information about students and/or employees who were in the building at the time.

As we have shared, we take this situation seriously and encourage anyone who was in our building or any others on the list to contact health officials."

Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to the measles should call the KDHE Epidemiology Hotline at 1-877-427-7317 for further evaluation.

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The Sedgwick County Health Director Adrienne Byrne says the person diagnosed with the measles reported in west Wichita was vaccinated.

Byrne said the MMR vaccine is 97-98 percent effective and the virus is rare to contract.

"But when that does happens it means there could be an underlying condition," she said.

Monday, testing was conducted to determine if measles spread to a second person.

Byrne said the Sedgwick County case is related to a Butler County case that was reported at the end of June. In that case, the person contracted measles in Romania and then flew internationally. The specific flight was from Chicago into Wichita.

"There are many countries that...it's part of their culture to have these diseases," said Byrne.

She said anyone else who was on that flight and has not exhibited symptoms, they are beyond the window of concern. Symptoms usually appear between 7-14 days, but can be exhibited as far as 21 days.

The second person is a baby younger than 12 months old, the age when children are vaccinated.

We're told the Sedgwick County case may have spread to the baby at Pathway Church in west Wichita last week. We're told results expected Monday night should reveal if the baby has tested positive for measles.

People who have not been exposed to the measles but would like a booster can go to 2716 W. Central to be vaccinated.

KDHE is also asking anyone that visited the following locations to please call the KDHE Epidemiology Hotline at 1-877-427-7317 for further evaluation.


  • Monday, July 10, 2017, between 6:45 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Lamar’s Donuts located at 10051 West 21st Street

  • Monday, July 10, 2017, between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Pathway Church located at 2001 North Maize Road

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017, between 2:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Walmart located at 21st and Maize

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017, between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Kwik Shop located at 37th and Maize

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017, between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Jason’s Deli located at 21st and Ridge

  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017, between 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Jiffy Lube located at 21st and Ridge

  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017, between 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Academy Sports located at 2710 North Maize Road

  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017, between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Michael’s located at 2441 North Maize Road

  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017, between 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Family Video located at 29th and Tyler

  • Thursday July 13, 2017, between 8:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Moxley and Wagle Periodontics located at 825 South Hillside

  • Thursday July 13, 2017, between 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Vermillion Elementary located at 501 South James Avenue

If you visited one or more of these locations during the times listed above, please call the hotline.

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The Sedgwick County Health Director will provide a brief summary of the measles case reported in Sedgwick County and answer related questions from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. today, July 17.

You can watch coverage of the briefing below.

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The Kansas Department of Health and Sedgwick County Division of Health confirmed a case of measles in Sedgwick County. This new person with measles is a contact of the individual with measles in Butler County reported on July 4.

KDHE and Sedgwick County Division of Health officials say there is a concern that a number of people in the general population may have potentially been exposed to the person with measles in Sedgwick County while that individual was contagious.


KDHE is asking anyone that visited the following locations to please call the KDHE Epidemiology Hotline at 1-877-427-7317 for further evaluation.


  • Monday, July 10, 2017, between 6:45 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Lamar’s Donuts located at 10051 West 21st Street

  • Monday, July 10, 2017, between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Pathway Church located at 2001 North Maize Road

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017, between 2:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Walmart located at 21st and Maize

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017, between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Kwik Shop located at 37th and Maize

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017, between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Jason’s Deli located at 21st and Ridge

  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017, between 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Jiffy Lube located at 21st and Ridge

  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017, between 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Academy Sports located at 2710 North Maize Road

  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017, between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Michael’s located at 2441 North Maize Road

  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017, between 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Family Video located at 29th and Tyler

  • Thursday July 13, 2017, between 8:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Moxley and Wagle Periodontics located at 825 South Hillside

  • Thursday July 13, 2017, between 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Vermillion Elementary located at 501 South James Avenue

If you visited one or more of these locations during the times listed above, please call the hotline.

The KDHE will ask you about the time that you spent at the locations.

"I'm amazed that someone that was contagious with measles would like go all over town," said Rosie Moore. "You know, that's putting other people at risk."

If the KDHE determines that you were potentially exposed to measles, they will ask you about your immunization status, any signs or symptoms of measles, and will ask questions to assess whether you are at high risk for developing severe measles.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines individuals at high risk as infants aged less than 12 months, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.

To report visiting any of the locations of interest during the date and times listed above, please call the KDHE Epidemiology Hotline at 1-877-427-7317. Healthcare providers that have questions should call the Epidemiology Hotline.

"There's so many people that don't immunize their children for some reason, and so it could get out of control," said Moore.

Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus. Measles is highly contagious and is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. The signs and symptoms of measles typically begin one to two weeks after someone is exposed to an infected person. Symptoms include:


  • Fever

  • Blotchy rash on the skin, which spreads from the head to the trunk then to the lower extremities (measles can be spread to others from four days before to four days after the rash appears)

  • Cough

  • Runny nose

  • Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)

  • Feeling run down, achy

  • Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth (Koplik spots)

KDHE and the Sedgwick County Division of Health recommend that contacts stay home if they have a fever, except to see a healthcare provider. Before visiting a healthcare provider, call ahead so that the provider can take measures to protect other patients and staff.

The list includes Vermillion Elementary in the Maize District. The district released this statement: Maize USD 266 will work with Sedgwick County Health Department and other health officials to ensure that our community members are as healthy as possible. We take this situation seriously and encourage anyone who was in our building or any others on the list to contact health officials.