If you visited the Disneyland park last week take note. Apparently an Los Angeles County resident visited the park while infectious with measles.
Health officials announced yesterday that this could have potentially exposed hundreds of people to the highly contagious disease. Measles can spread through coughing and sneezing. The virus can live up to two hours in air afterwards.
According to Fox5Vegas:
“The individual went to Starbucks at 3006 S. Spulveda Boulevard in West Los Angeles early on the morning on October 16 before going to Disneyland from 9.15 a.m. onwards, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in a statement.”
“Anyone who may have been at these locations on these dates during these timeframes may be at risk of developing measles for up to 21 days after being exposed,” the statement said.”
Los Angeles County Health Officer, Dr. Muntu Davis stated:
“For those who are not protected, measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that initially causes fever, cough, red, watery eyes, and, finally, a rash. Measles is spread by air and by direct contact even before you know have it. The MMR immunization is a very effective measure to protect yourself and to prevent the unintentional spread of this potentially serious infection to others.”
What do you do if you think you might have been exposed?
The Los Angeles Department of Public Health says that if you are concerned with exposure you should monitor yourself for illness with fever or unexplained rashes from 7 days to 21 days after they could have come in contact with the virus.
If you do get symptoms stay home and call a health care provider immediately, especially if you are pregnant, have an infant, have a weakened immune system or you aren’t vaccinated.
Just keep it in mind if you happened to be at those locations on October 16th.
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Source: Fox 5, and a Friend
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