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New Measles Outbreaks Errupts at Disneyland

2 years 3 months 4 weeks ago January 24, 2015 Jan 24, 2015 Saturday, January 24 2015 January 24, 2015 9:31 AM in News
Source: National Geographic
By: Elizabeth Lawrence

California - Approximately 15 years ago, measles had practically been eliminated from the United States. Beginning in 2000, almost all new measles cases found in the U.S. came from international travelers, who had brought the disease back from adventures abroad. However, more than 60 people have managed to contract measles this month.

The new measles outbreak stems from the two Disney theme parks in California. The state's department of health has recently issued a warning to anyone with children that are too young to be vaccinated, as well as adults who are unvaccinated, to avoid these parks and public places that draw international travelers. The outbreak has also sparked criticism for the anti-vaccine movement. Since the anti-vaccine movement has many supporters in Orange County, where Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure are located, many children in the area are at risk.

This is not the first measles outbreak that the U.S. has seen, although in recent years, the number of cases has risen drastically. In 2013, there were approximately 175 cases. Just last year there were over 23 outbreaks that spanned across 27 states, that totaled about 664 cases of measles.

As the current outbreaks of measles continues, here is some basic measles information.

Contraction

Measles is highly, highly, contagious. It is an airborne disease, and so is usually spread by someone who is infected sneezing and coughing.

Symptoms

About a week after exposure, a patient develops a fever, runny nose, and possibly muscle aches. Red eyes are another common side effect. Many people also develop a rash that begins on the face and spreads down the body. Measles came be reliably diagnosed if the patient has most of these symptoms and little white spots in the mouth (typically on the gums and molar teeth). In most people, symptoms vanish in one or two weeks with no lasting damage.

 

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