When you think of a dream trip to Disneyland, the last thing you expect is a nasty bout of measles! The number of Californians infected by a Disneyland-centered measles outbreak has risen to 53, LA Times reports.
Patient zero has not officially been confirmed
However, it's suspected that a single unvaccinated patron sparked off the resurgence of the airborne, extremely infectious virus. Measles was pretty much wiped out in the US, but this old-timey disease has popped back up following vaccine refusals from a small minority.
Authorities are issuing vaccination advice
Since at least two of those infected were Disneyland staff, those who have not received a measles vaccination have been sent home from the site until it is deemed safe for them to return. California Public Health Dept spokesman Carlos Vilatoro urges the public,
Measles vaccination is important because before the introduction of measles vaccine in the United States in 1963, there were approximately 500,000 cases and 500 deaths a year.
We have not identified the source case for this outbreak, but it is likely to have been an international visitor.
This isn't the first time illness crushed Disney dreams
One incident in 1992 saw 30 people fall sick on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at the Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. LA Times reports that doctors suspected that the mystery illness - which included burning eyes, rashes and throat problems - was caused by 'a gas, something like Mace.'
Let's hope that this is an isolated incident, and that everyone affected by this measles outbreak makes a swift recovery.
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Sources: LA Times