The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently confirmed 59 measles cases in California since December 2014.
Of the cases, 42 have been connected to an exposure that took place in December at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California.
Five Disney employees are included among the measles patients. Additional patients, ranging in age from 7 to 70, reported that they visited Disney parks in January.
Measles is a highly contagious airborne disease. Symptoms include a cough, red eyes, fever, runny nose and a red rash that develops within the first few days. The rash typically begins on the patient’s face and gradually spreads throughout the body.
“If you have symptoms, and believe you may have been exposed, please contact your health care provider,” CDPH Director Ron Chapman said. “Unless you have an emergency, it is best to contact your health care provider by phone to prevent spread in doctor’s offices. The best way to prevent measles and its spread is to get vaccinated.”
Health professionals recommend vaccination as the most effective way to avoid contracting measles. MMR vaccines, which contain measles strains, require only two doses to be over 99 percent effective against measles.