SANTA ANA, California (AP) – A New Zealand teenager who visited Disneyland and other tourist attractions in Southern California last week brought more than just their luggage. She brought measles with her.
Los Angeles and County health authorities issued a warning on Friday that people could have been exposed to the disease if they had been to Disneyland or the Disney California Adventure Park on August 12th.
The Girl When she arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on August 11 and went to the Desert Palms Hotel in Anaheim, she had measles.
After Disneyland she is said to have gone to Universal Studios, the TCL Chinese Theater and Madame Tussauds In Hollywood and on the beach of Santa Monica and on the pier from 14 to 15 August, the authorities said.
The girl has since returned to New Zealand, said Drs. Nichole Quick, health officer, Orange County.
The California Department of Public Health said it had no known cases of measles due to the traveler's exposure, but they are under further investigation.
However, local health officials said it can take up to 21 days for symptoms like fever and rash to appear.
"Measles are spread in the air and through direct contact, even before you know it," Dr. Muntu Davis, Health Officer of the Los Angeles District.
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A child receives from one Family doctor on a measles vaccine April 16, 2018 in the Romanian capital Bucharest.
Measles still call for a young life in Romania, where almost 40 children have died in an outbreak, many of whom blame parents for having been misled by scary stories that vaccination is dangerous. Since the end of 2016, 12,000 people have contracted measles in the second-poorest country in the European Union, 46 of whom have died. Among the dead were 39 unvaccinated children under the age of three, making Romania one of the most affected countries in the ongoing measles outbreak in Europe. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel MIHAILESCU (image credits should be DANIEL MIHAILESCU / AFP / Getty Images)
A GP prepares a measles vaccine in a consultation on 16 April 2018 in the Romanian capital Bucharest. – Measles are still calling for a young life in Romania, where almost 40 children have died in an outbreak, many of whom blame parents for having been misled by scary stories that vaccination is dangerous. Since the end of 2016, 12,000 people have contracted measles in the second-poorest country in the European Union, 46 of whom have died. Among the dead were 39 unvaccinated children under the age of three, making Romania one of the most affected countries in the ongoing measles outbreak in Europe. (Photo by Daniel MIHAILESCU / AFP) (Image credits should be DANIEL MIHAILESCU / AFP / Getty Images)
A nurse was seen at her school in Lhokseumawe on August 4, 2018 in Aceh, Indonesia, vaccinating schoolchildren. The measles-rubella (MR) vaccine for Indonesian schoolchildren is part of the Indonesian government's health program to provide physical immunity to Indonesian children against two dangerous diseases, rubella and measles. (Photo by Fachrul Reza / NurPhoto on Getty Images)
Artists in superhero costumes console a primary school pupil while receiving a German measles vaccine on August 1, 2018 in Pekanbaru, Riau province, as part of the Indonesian government health program teething. (Photo by WAHYUDI / AFP) (Image credits should be WAHYUDI / AFP / Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA – APR 17: A Syrian child is being shot during the measles campaign in Al-Bab district in Aleppo, Syria, on April 17 vaccinated, 2018. Children fled the Douma in eastern Ghouta after the Assad regime forces on 7 April 2018 suspected a chemical attack to receive measles vaccine in the Al-Bab district of Aleppo. (Photo by Omer Alven / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images)
A Venezuelan woman is vaccinated against measles on 21 March 2018 in Cucuta, Colombia, by the international bridge of Simon Bolivar on the Venezuelan border. / AFP PHOTO / Schneyder Mendoza (Photo credit should read SCHNEYDER MENDOZA / AFP / Getty Images)
Venezuelan Yan Manuel receives a free measles vaccine from a volunteer after showing his identity card at the Pacaraima border control in Roraima, Brazil, on 19 August submitted. 2018. REUTERS / Nacho Doce
A member of the Free Revolutionary Police is conducting an inspection of a measles vaccine in the southern Idlib countryside on September 17, 2014. Fifteen children died after being vaccinated against measles in northern Syria On Wednesday, the assistants were stopped. This is a tragedy that could damage confidence in health services in opposition-occupied areas. The Free Revolution Police is a recently launched unarmed police force working in areas controlled by the Free Syrian Army to solve day-to-day problems in Idlib, the group said. Taken 17 September 2014. REUTERS / Khalil Ashawi (SYRIA – Tags: HEALTH IN CIVIL UNREST CONFLICTS)
A girl receives drops of a measles vaccine at a health center on the BASECO site in Tondo, Manila. 3 September 2014. Philippine President Benigno Aquino said on 1 September 2014 that between 11 and 13 million people in the country are at risk of measles, polio and rubella, and called on the public to help eradicate preventable diseases during the launch of a Mass nationals on Monday to work together to combat measles and polio, local media reported. REUTERS / Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES – Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY)
A measles, mumps and rubella vaccine vial and fact sheet will be on show on February 26, 2015 at the Boston Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. REUTERS / Brian Snyder (UNITED) STATES – Tags: HEALTH)
Rowan Walters, four years old, is being held by her mother when she received an MMR injection at the Morriston Hospital in Swansea, South Wales, on April 6, 2013 Confirmed cases of measles in South Wales prompted parents in the area to vaccinate their children, and local hospitals opened local clinics on Saturday, local media reported. REUTERS / Rebecca Naden (UK: HEALTH OF SOCIETY)
A health worker in Ciudad Juarez at the Mexican border crossing to El Paso, Texas distributes leaflets to passing motorists and people as part of a measles prevention program on February 16, 2015. The Californian Health authorities have confirmed three more cases of measles in an outbreak that began in late December. Thus, the total number of people suspected of being infected in the state has risen to 113. Health officials in Arizona, where seven cases of measles were documented, said the outbreak in this condition would likely be over if there were no more reported infections over the weekend. In the United States, more than 150 people have been diagnosed with measles, many of them in connection with an outbreak that the authorities believe started when Disneyland visited an infected person from abroad at the end of December. REUTERS / Jose Luis Gonzalez (MEXICO – Tags: SOCIAL HEALTH IMMIGRATION) People are also encouraged to review their records to see if they have been vaccinated or had measles earlier.
Quick said she expects more measles cases in general among international travelers visiting California because of an increase in overseas disease.
"We are generally concerned about the outbreaks that are happening both in this country and internationally," she said.
Measles cases are increasing worldwide. The number of cases almost tripled in the first seven months of the year compared to the same period in 2018.
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On Friday, officials from Disneyland said that no theme park staff 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 staff and visitors." "Disneyland and the adjacent Disney California Adventure Park are important tourist destinations that attract tens of thousands of visitors every day." In 2015, there was a measles outbreak. Disneyland contracted 147 people and spread to the US and Canada.
Earlier this month, Los Angeles County health officials reported 16 measles cases to residents of the county and – in addition to the New Zealand girl – 10 more to non-resident residents who have traveled through.