- A person with measles visited Disneyland in Anaheim, California, last week, potentially exposing other parkgoers to the infection, according to the Los Angeles Times.
- The person reportedly visited the theme park on October 16 after going to a Starbucks on Sepulveda Boulevard.
- Those who visited Disneyland between 9:15 a.m. and 8:35 p.m. are considered to be at risk of contracting measles for up to 21 days following exposure, according to county health officials.
- Parkgoers who are not vaccinated, are pregnant, or have a weakened immune system are advised to contact their healthcare provider. The same goes for people who visited Disneyland with infants.
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People who visited Disneyland last week might have been exposed to measles.
According to the Los Angeles Times, a person with measles visited the Anaheim theme park on October 16 between the hours of 9:15 a.m. and 8:35 p.m. Before heading to Disneyland, the person also reportedly stopped at a Starbucks on Sepulveda Boulevard between 7:50 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Those who were at either location while the infected person visited is now at risk of developing measles for 21 days following exposure, according to county health officials.
Though county health officials advise all at-risk parkgoers to make sure they’ve been vaccinated against measles, those who are not vaccinated, are pregnant, or have a weakened immune system should immediately contact their doctor.
Because measles is especially dangerous for young children, those who visited Disneyland with infants are advised to check in with medical professionals.
This is not the first time Disneyland parkgoers have been at risk of contracting measles. A teenager from New Zealand visited the theme park in August while infected, according to the Los Angeles Times, and a larger outbreak occurred at the destination in 2014.
As an Insider article previously noted, measles is an infection that attacks the respiratory system. An all-over, raised rash is one of the main symptoms of the infection, though a runny nose and fever can also occur. Because it can take a week or two for symptoms to appear, people commonly spread the disease without knowing.
Measles is said to be highly contagious, and can be spread through the air and infected surfaces up to several hours after an infected person has left. In worst-case scenarios, the infection can result in death, though measles can also be prevented altogether with a vaccination.