9 Measles Cases Linked to Disney Parks in California

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Seven people in California and two people in Utah have confirmed cases of measles likely contracted at California’s Disney parks, according to the Associated Press. Three others are suspected to have the infection.

All patients visited Disneyland or Disney California Adventure between Dec. 15 and 20.

The seven Californians infected live in five different regions of the state, and range from 8 months to 21 years in age. Six have not been vaccinated against the disease (two are too young for the vaccination).

According to the release, park officials haven’t received reports of staff contracting measles, and are working with the health department to provide necessary information.

The State’s Department of Public Health is urging anyone who might have been exposed to measles to visit a doctor. Symptoms typically include fever, runny nose, and a red rash that begins on the face and spreads to other areas of the body. The infection is spread via coughing and sneezing.

The best way to prevent measles is by vaccination. In the U.S., two doses are recommended for children at 12 to 15 months and 4 to 6 years.

–Amanda Geronikos

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