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article imageSeveral Disneyland employees diagnosed with measles

By Karen Graham     Jan 21, 2015 in Health
Anaheim - Several employees at Disneyland, Anaheim, California's iconic themepark have been diagnosed with measles, health officials confirmed on Tuesday. This brings the total number of cases to 18 in the county.
The announcement from the Orange County Health Care Agency comes after public health officials in California and Utah had confirmed earlier this month nine cases of measles, all of them visitors to Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim between Dec. 15 and Dec. 20, 2014.
As reported by Digital Journal on Jan. 8, the outbreak originated at the Disney theme park between Dec. 15 and Dec. 20. Two people from Utah and seven people from California came down with measles. All had visited the park during that time. The visitors ranged in age from eight months to 21 years.
The new cases involving Disneyland employees has health officials worried. "The measles outbreak exposure period of December 17-20 at the Disneyland Resort is over, and all cases from this exposure should have occurred by January 10, 2015," the California Department of Public Health says. "No new cases have been identified in guests who visited after that time period."
Officials at Disneyland say they were informed about the employee measles cases on January 15. Health officials say that as many of 20 percent of children in some Orange County schools are not vaccinated against the measles virus. A school in Huntington Beach has barred students from attending school who cannot show proof of vaccination for measles until after January 29.
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