Disneyland measles outbreak has the potential to get worse than it already is. This is not good news considering how incredibly contagious measles is.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. Also, measles virus can live for up to two hours on a surface or in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed. If other people breathe the contaminated air or touch the infected surface, then touch their eyes, noses, or mouths, they can become infected. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.
This outbreak is spreading further than just California, home of Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure Park. According to an article from NPR there are more confirmed cases:
The measles outbreak that started at Disneyland and one other California theme park is expanding, with 59 confirmed cases in patients ranging in age from 7 months to 70 years. The California Department of Public Health has linked 42 of these cases to people who visited Disneyland or Disney’s California Adventure Park.
Initially, cases were linked to people who visited the parks in mid-December, but health officials now say that other people with measles were at the parks in January while infectious and also have spread the disease.
The outbreak has spread beyond California with seven cases in Utah, Washington, Colorado and Oregon. Mexico has also confirmed a case.
When it comes to the health and safety of our loved ones, people have asked what they can do to avoid contracting the disease. An article from NBC News has a few of those answers:
It may be the happiest place on Earth, but California health officials are warning people to stay away from Disneyland unless they’re vaccinated.
That means all babies under the age of 1, who are too young to get the vaccine, and people who for various other reasons have not been immunized or who haven’t already had measles.
“People ask whether it is safe to visit venues where measles has been identified and may be circulating. The answer is yes, considering you have been fully vaccinated,” Dr. Gil Chavez, state epidemiologist for California, told reporters. “Parents of infants may consider staying away.”
As always, keep yourself up to date on current events, understand diseases, vaccinations, and risk management when it comes to your health. Diseases have the potential for rapid spread and some can be life threatening.