Disneyland, Universal may have been exposed to measles by tourist

Grant Boone
August 25, 2019

As officials continue to investigate, the California Department of Public Health said it wasn't aware of measles cases stemming from exposure to the teen, the AP reported. She is believed to have gone to Disneyland and the Disney California Adventure Park on August 12 and then Universal Studios, the TCL Chinese Theatre and Madame Tussauds in Hollywood and the Santa Monica beach and pier on August 14-15, authorities said.

Health authorities say a teenage girl travelling 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.

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.

According to the Orange County Health Care Agency, the teen traveled to California from New Zealand, and appears to have stayed at the Desert Palms hotel at 631 W. Katella Ave., adjacent to the Disney theme parks in Anaheim, from August 11-15.

"Getting vaccinated is the best way to keep from getting and spreading measles", a fact sheet posted by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said.

Anyone who may have visited those locations on the specified dates may be at risk of developing measles, officials said, and should monitor themselves for illness, fever or an unexplained rash from 7 to 21 days after exposure. Individuals are additionally urged to test their information to find out if they've been vaccinated or beforehand had measles. And those infected can transmit the virus to another person four days before and four days after its tell-tale rash appears, health officials said.

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She said she expects to see more measles cases, generally, among global travelers who visit California because of an increase in the illness overseas.

"We're on the final animated on the outbreaks occurring in places in this nation to boot to internationally", she acknowledged. If symptoms develop, patients should stay home and call a health provider immediately, the Health Care Agency said.

New Zealand is also struggling with a measles outbreak this year.

Measles is one of the most contagious viruses in the world.

Disneyland officials on Friday said no employees at the theme park were reported to have contracted the illness.

Disneyland and adjacent Disney California Adventure Park are major tourist destinations, drawing tens of thousands of visitors a day.

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