Los Angeles: A measles-stricken New Zealand girl visited Disneyland and other popular tourist destinations in southern California earlier this month, probably infecting others, local government health officials warned.
The alert arrives in the worst measles outbreak in the United States in a quarter of a century, with over 1,200 cases reported in 30 states by October 2018, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is trying to identify other people at risk of measles who may have been exposed to a non-resident measles case that went to Los Angeles County while it was contagious," he said. the health department on a Friday night notice.
The Orange County health care agency said the girl was in Southern California from August 11th to August 15th.
During her stay in Southern California, the girl visited the Universal Studios theme park and several destinations in Hollywood and Santa Monica, Los Angeles health officials said, adding that anyone who was also in those locations could be at risk of developing measles.
Orange county health officials said they visited Disneyland in Anaheim on August 12 and stayed at the nearby Desert Palms Hotel. There was no information on his current condition.
So far in 2019, 16 measles cases have been reported among Los Angeles county residents and 11 infected people are known to have traveled through the county.
Earlier this week the CDC stated that between August 8 and August 15 there was an increase in the 1.8% of the number of highly contagious and sometimes deadly virus cases in the states US.
The disease was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, which means that there has been no continuous transmission for at least a year. CDC officials say the United States is likely to lose their measles elimination status if the current outbreak, which began in October 2018 in the state of New York, will continue until October 2019.
Measles, considered one of the most contagious viruses in the world, infects 90% of exposed people who have not been immunized, according to the Los Angeles County Health Department.
The symptoms of the virus, which can cause serious complications and even death, include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and a characteristic rash that can appear up to three weeks after exposure.
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