Disneyland Measles Outbreak Declared Over
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A late December outbreak of the measles that started in Disneyland, located in Anaheim, Calif., and spread to six U.S. states, Mexico, and Canada, has ended, the Associated Press reported.
After 42 days, or 2 incubation periods, with no new cases, the California Department of Public Health declared the outbreak over. One hundred and forty seven people in the U.S., including 131 in California were sickened, but no deaths were reported.
The identity of patient zero may never be known, but experts believe the mystery source of the virus must have caught it somewhere overseas, where the airborne form of the measles is still common. There hasn’t been a “homegrown” U.S. case of the measles in more than a decade.
According to health officials, the highly contagious disease initially spread to 42 people who were either visiting or working at Disneyland this past December. Over two dozen family or friends became sick after coming into contact with these initial cases.
Hospitals, malls, airports, and schools were all vehicles for the spread of the Disneyland outbreak, and around 20 percent of all who caught it were hospitalized.
Disease investigators were quick to track down thousands of potentially carriers. Vaccinations and quarantine kept the disease from spreading, and that quick response was a major factor in stopping the outbreak cold. "They did a tremendous job," Dr. James Cherry, an infectious disease expert at the University of California, Los Angeles told the Associated Press.
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