Published: Sun, August 25, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Teen with measles may have exposed visitors at Disneyland

Teen with measles may have exposed visitors at Disneyland

A teenager who travelled from New Zealand to Southern California this month was infectious with highly contagious measles and may have exposed others at Disneyland and a nearby hotel, United States health officials say.

During her stay in Southern California the girl visited the Universal Studios Theme Park and several destinations in Hollywood and Santa Monica, Los Angeles health officials said, adding that anyone who was also at those locations may be at risk of developing measles.

The OCHCA has already been working with people who are known to have had close contact with the girl, whom they said traveled to California from New Zealand.

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Orange County health officials said she visited Disneyland in Anaheim on August 12 and stayed at the nearby Desert Palms Hotel.

To date there have been 16 measles cases among Los Angeles County residents in 2019, in addition to 11 non-resident measles cases that traveled through Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

The woman has since returned to New Zealand, mentioned Dr. Nichole Fast, Orange County's well being care officer.

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County health officials urged anyone who was in the affected locations at the relevant times to monitor themselves for illness with fever or an unexplained rash from 7 days to 21 days after their exposure.

The CDC reports 1,203 individuals cases of measles in 30 states through August 15, which was an increase of 21 cases from the previous week.

Anyone who develops the symptoms, especially those who haven't been vaccinated against measles or aren't sure they have, should stay home and call a doctor to schedule a visit, health officials said.

News of the potential exposure comes as the country grapples with its worst measles outbreak in decades.

There have been 65 recorded cases of measles in California this year. Dr. Pamela Hymel, Disneyland's chief medical officer, acknowledged in an announcement that health officials acknowledged the threat to workers and company "is possible low".

In 2015, a measles outbreak spirited Disneyland sickened 147 other people and spread right thru the USA and into Canada.

The LACHD issued guidelines for the measles."For those who are not protected, measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that initially causes fever, cough, red, watery eyes, and, finally, a rash", said Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, Los Angeles County Health Officer in the official statement.

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