Disneyland hit with measles scare after attendee tests positive

Grant Boone
October 23, 2019

Public health officials confirmed that a guest with measles visited Disneyland while infectious, according to the Los Angeles Times' Jaclyn Cosgrove.

Someone who tested positive for measles spent a day at Disneyland - potentially putting tourists and staff at risk of catching the highly contagious disease, officials said.

The person stopped at a Starbucks on Sepulveda Boulevard before visiting the famed Anaheim amusement park from 9:15 a.m.to 8:35 p.m., Los Angeles County health officials say.

Health officials said the person may have exposed others at two locations on October 16.

Those who believe they may have been exposed should review their immunization records, reach out to their health care provider as soon as possible and watch out for symptoms, including fever and an unexplained rash from seven to 21 days after the exposure. If they are not vaccinated or have not had a previous measles infection, they should consult their healthcare provider about receiving the vaccination.

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A significant factor in this year's measles cases has been misinformation about the safety of the vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned. Most were not immunized, officials said. Any pregnant residents or parents with infants should immediately notify their healthcare providers about the potential exposure.

There have been 19 measles cases among Los Angeles County residents in 2019, in addition to 11 non-resident measles cases that traveled through Los Angeles County - excluding Long Beach and Pasadena, as cases identified in those cities are reported by their local health departments - according to the county health department. For residents who are uninsured, federally funded health centers in the area may offer no- or low-priced vaccinations.

This isn't the first time a person infected with measles has visited the theme park while contagious.

Measles can spread through coughing and sneezing and can live for up to two hours in the air where an infected person coughs or sneezes.

"The MMR immunization is a very effective measure to protect yourself and to prevent the unintentional spread of this potentially serious infection to others", she added.

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