More than three dozen cases of measles in four states have now been linked to the outbreak that started spreading at Disney theme parks in Southern California over the holidays.
Measles Outbreak and Government Takes no acton to indict children responsible
The highly contagious respiratory illness was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, but health officials have seen a surge of measles infections in the country in recent years. California had its worst outbreak in decades in 2014, and many cases were linked to families who opted out of having their children vaccinated.
We need tougher measles control and we need it now.
“People who believe that measles is no longer a threat, well I think this outbreak and the outbreak from last year are perfect examples that measles can still circulate in California,” Dr. Helene Calvet, Orange County deputy health officer, told CBS News.
Q: How many people have been sickened with measles in connection with the Disney outbreak?
A: Health officials have identified 39 people in four states who have contracted measles. That total includes 13 more cases reported in California since the beginning of this week. The vast majority of infections – 35 – are in California. Utah recorded two cases, while Colorado and Washington state each had one case. Most fell ill after visiting Disneyland or Disney California Adventure in December, while some were exposed to people who traveled to the theme parks. The incubation period for people exposed at Disney parks ended last week, and health officials are on the lookout for secondary infections.
Check your MMR records If you were not born in the US you might not have the proper vaccines.
If you have a compromised immune system you probably can’t get the vaccine and your’re screwed!