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A New Zealand teenager with measles may have exposed hundreds to Disneyland and other tourist destinations



The girl from New Zealand was infectious with the measles when she was in different Southern California attractions like Disneyland, Universal Studios and Madame Tussauds in Hollywood earlier this month.

"We have been informed that the tourist has visited several sites in Southern California and have been advised by the Orange County Health Care Agency that the risk to both actors and guests is likely to be low," Dr. Pamela Hymel, chief physician of Disney Parks, in a statement.

The Los Angeles and Orange County health authorities issued health warnings outlining the date and time of the girl's stay in large public spaces and warned the public to take precautionary measures if they were exposed to the measles virus.

Measles are a highly contagious disease, according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It can spread through coughing and sneezing and live in the air for up to two hours when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

The symptoms occur about nine to 1

2 days after infection. Measles usually start with mild to moderate fever, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis or red, watery eyes. This is followed by a fever and a rash two or three days later. So far, in 2019, there were 16 measles cases among Los Angeles County residents, in addition to 11 non-Los Angeles-based measles cases that traveled to Los Angeles to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.


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