Unwelcome Disneyland Visitor: Measles Virus

Henrietta Brewer
August 29, 2019

Orange County health delegates stated she visited Disneyland in Anaheim on August 12 and stayed at the close by Desert Palms Resort.

Still, cases of the virus occur and spread via travelers coming from countries where measles is common. About 90% of people who have never been immunized against measles become ill 7-21 days after exposure.

And those infected can transmit the virus to another person four days before and four days after its telltale rash appears, health officials said. "Measles is spread by air and by direct contact even before you know have it", said Dr. Muntu Davis, Los Angeles County's health officer.

The symptoms appear about nine to 12 days after a person has been infected.

The girl has since returned to New Zealand, said Dr Nichole Quick, Orange County's health care officer.

August 15, 2019 - Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Tom Bradley International Terminal, between 6:00p.m. -11:59p.m.

The CDC stated earlier this week that there had been a 1.8% rise in the number of cases of the extremely contagious and generally deadly virus in the U.S. between August 8 and August 15.

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

Additional cases and exposures may occur here related to returning travelers, especially returning global travelers who are not already protected against measles.

It's not aware of any cases of measles linked to the girl, but the California Department of Public Health is continuing to investigate, the AP reported.

"If we do have cases here in LA county as a result of this, I would expect that we would see them at the end of next week or next weekend", Gunzenhauser said Saturday.

In a sign that the outbreak is slowing, the CDC in recent weeks has reported smaller increases in the number of measles cases, compared with surges of dozens of cases reported per week earlier this year. Measles typically begins with a mild to moderate fever, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis or red, watery eyes, the letter said. She urged everyone to seek an immunization if they had not already done so. "We encourage community members to protect themselves and their families by getting vaccinated".

Audrey Eig, a spokesperson for Universal Studios Hollywood, said studio officials "have been advised by the Department of Public Heath that there is minimal risk to any exposure at our destination".

In 2015, a measles outbreak with 147 cases across North America was traced back to Disneyland.

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