Teen with measles may have exposed others at Disneyland and other Southern California attractions

A New Zealand teenager with measles visited Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in August and may have exposed others to the highly contagious disease.

The Orange County Health Care Agency told The Associated Press it they believe the exposure occurred Aug. 12 at both Disneyland and the Disney California Adventure Park as well as some other popular tourist destinations.

The agency and KTLA provided the tourist locations where people may have been exposed:

  • Aug. 11, 2019 (between 9:00 p.m.–11:30 p.m.) -- Los Angeles International Airport, Terminal 8 
  • Aug. 11 – 15, 2019 -- Desert Palms Hotel, Anaheim
  • Aug. 12, 2019 -- Disneyland Park and California Adventure, Anaheim
  • Aug. 14, 2019 -- Universal Studios
  • Aug. 15, 2019 -- TCL Chinese Theatres
  • Aug. 15, 2019 -- Madame Tussauds
  • Aug. 15, 2019 -- The Original Farmers Market
  • Aug. 15, 2019 -- Santa Monica Pier and Beach
  • Aug. 15, 2019 (between 6:00 p.m.–11:59 p.m.) -- Los Angeles International Airport, Tom Bradley International Terminal 

The girl remained in Southern California through Aug. 15 and has since returned to New Zealand, said Dr. Nichole Quick, the county’s health care officer.

The agency said it has been working with the facilities to reach people who had close contact with the girl. There are no current reports that anyone has contracted measles from the teen, Quick said.

Disneyland officials on Friday said no employees at the theme park were reported to have contracted the illness. Dr. Pamela Hymel, Disneyland’s chief medical officer, said in a statement that health officials said the risk to employees and visitors “is likely low.”

The park boosted an existing immunization program earlier this year for employees, she said.

The Orange County health agency says people who may have been exposed should monitor themselves for symptoms such as fever and rash occurring up to 21 days from exposure. Quick urged anyone who has symptoms to call their health care provider before going to the doctor to avoid additional exposures. People are also urged to check their records to determine if they have been vaccinated or previously had measles.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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