LA Health Officials Says Disneyland Visitor With Measles Likely to Have Exposed Others To The Disease

Los Angeles public health officials had confirmed on Tuesday that an LA County resident with measles infection had visited Disneyland last week. The infected person, who remains unidentified, visited the Disneyland park in Anaheim, California, on 16th October after visiting a Starbucks outlet on Sepulveda Boulevard, the same day. The patient is expected to have visited Starbucks between 7:50 AM and 10:00 AM and Disneyland between 9:15 AM and 8:35 PM. LACDPH stated in a news release that people who visited Starbucks or Disneyland around the same time as the patient might have been exposed to the disease. And they should immediately consider reviewing their immunization and medical records to ensure that they have received the MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccination. More importantly, people who have got measles vaccination shots previously may not be completely immune from the infection and needs to consult a healthcare professional immediately. Back in August, another tourist from New Zealand with measles infection had visited Disneyland and is expected to be the source of the virus exposure.

Measles is a virus that quickly spreads through the air and people can also get the infection when they touch their mouth, nose, or eyes, after touching a surface that has the presence of measles virus. Symptoms indicating measles include high fever, cough, watery and reddish eyes, and rashes all over the body.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report shows that over 971 cases of measles have been registered in the United States within the first five months of 2019, which is higher than the number of total cases per year for the last 25 years. So far, in 2019, 19 LA County residents and 11 people who traveled through the County have been infected with measles. According to CDC, Children are more susceptible to measles than others and recommends that children be given two MMR vaccination shots, one between the age of 12-15 months and the other between the age of 4-6 years.

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Rowena Goodwin

I've written about health care for one and a half decades. I wrote for Modern Healthcare and several Iowa newspapers, including the Des Moines Register. I am passionate about health literacy when it comes to explaining the complexities of health care. A better-understood health system may save someone some money or their life.

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