LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A teenage lady from New Zealand sick with measles visited Disneyland and different common vacationer stops throughout Southern California earlier this month, presumably infecting others, native authorities well being officers warned.
FILE PHOTO: A vial of the measles, mumps, and rubella virus (MMR) vaccine is pictured on the Worldwide Group Well being Companies clinic in Seattle, Washington, U.S., March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson/File Picture
The alert comes amid the worst outbreak of measles in america in 1 / 4 century, with greater than 1,200 instances reported throughout 30 states since October 2018, in response to the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
“The Los Angeles County Division of Public Well being is seeking to determine others who’re in danger for measles and should have been uncovered to a non-resident measles case that traveled to Los Angeles County whereas infectious,” the well being division mentioned in an advisory on Friday night time.
The Orange County Well being Care Company mentioned that the lady was in Southern California from Aug. 11 to Aug. 15.
Throughout her keep in Southern California the lady visited the Common Studios Theme Park and a number of other locations in Hollywood and Santa Monica, Los Angeles well being officers mentioned, including that anybody who was additionally at these areas could also be liable to growing measles.
Orange County well being officers mentioned she visited Disneyland in Anaheim on Aug. 12 and stayed on the close by Desert Palms Lodge. There was no info on her present situation.
To this point in 2019 a complete of 16 measles instances have been reported amongst Los Angeles County residents, and 11 contaminated individuals are recognized to have traveled by means of the county.
The CDC mentioned earlier this week that there had been a 1.eight% improve within the variety of instances of the extremely contagious and generally lethal virus in america between Aug. eight and Aug. 15.
The illness was declared eradicated in america in 2000, which means there was no steady transmission for not less than a 12 months. CDC officers say america dangers shedding its measles elimination standing if the present outbreak, which started in October 2018 in New York state, continues till October 2019.
Measles, thought of probably the most contagious viruses on this planet, infects 90% of uncovered individuals who haven’t been immunized, in response to the Los Angeles County Well being Division.
Signs of the virus, which may trigger extreme issues and even demise, embody fever, cough, runny nostril, purple eyes and a attribute rash which may seem as much as three weeks following publicity.
Reporting by Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Modifying by Matthew Lewis