SANTA ANA, California (AP) – A New Zealand teenager who traveled to Southern California this month was infectious with highly contagious measles and may have exposed others to Disneyland and a nearby hotel. 19659002] The Orange County Health Care Agency said the exposures may have occurred on August 11 at the Desert Palms Hotel in Anaheim and on August 12 in Disneyland and the Disney California Adventure Park. The girl remained in Southern California until August 15 and has since returned to New Zealand, Dr. Nichole Quick, district health officer.
The agency worked with the institutions to reach people who had close contact. There are currently no reports that anyone has contracted measles from teenagers, Quick said.
She said she expects more measles cases among international travelers visiting California because of an increase in the overseas disease.
"We are generally concerned about the outbreaks of places in this country as well as internationally," she said.
The teenager also traveled to nearby Los Angeles County. A message left for the district health department was not returned immediately.
On Friday, officials from Disneyland said that no employees of the theme park were ill with the disease. Dr. Disneyland Chief Medical Officer Pamela Hymel said in a statement that health and safety risks "are likely to be low" for employees and visitors.
The park sponsored an existing employee vaccination program earlier this year. [1
In 2015, a measles outbreak involving Disneyland affected 147 people and spread to the US and Canada.
As Earlier this month, Los Angeles County health authorities reported 16 cases of measles among residents of the county and 10 more in transit.
The Orange County Health Department states that persons who may have been exposed should monitor themselves for symptoms such as fever and rash that may occur for up to 21 days after exposure. If you have symptoms, you should quickly call your doctor before visiting the doctor to avoid extra exposure. People are also encouraged to check their records to see if they have been vaccinated or had measles before.