California measles outbreak expands to 78 cases; more likely

California measles outbreak expands to 78 cases; more likely
By Rosanna Xia and Rong-Gong Lin II
Los Angeles Times, January 23,2 015

The measles outbreak centered in California continues to expand, with officials now confirming 78 cases of the illness in seven states and Mexico.

The California Department of Public Health said there are now 68 cases in the state – 48 that have been directly linked to being at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure last month. Some people also visited one or both of the parks while infectious in January.

The measles outbreak has also spread beyond those who visited Disneyland in December and January and is infecting people in the broader community…
…The California patients range in age from 7 months to 70 years. The vaccination status is known for 39 of the patients. Of those, 32 were unvaccinated, one had received partial vaccination and seven were fully vaccinated.

Of the cases in California, about one in four have had to be hospitalized, officials said.

Disneyland officials confirmed to The Times that five Disneyland employees have been diagnosed with measles. All Disneyland employees who could have been in contact with those five have been asked to provide vaccination records or do a blood test that shows they have built immunity to the disease.
Any employees who had not been vaccinated or could not confirm their immunity status have been asked to go on paid leave until their status could be confirmed, company officials said.

Healthcare officials said it is safe to go Disneyland and other venues with large crowds if you are immunized for measles…