A teenage girl from New Zealand suffering from measles visited Disneyland and other popular tourist stops in southern California earlier this month, possibly infecting others, local government officials warned.
The signal comes against the background of the worst measles outbreak. The United States in the fourth century, with more than 1,200 cases registered in 30 states as of October 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States.
"The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is seeking to identify others who are at risk of measles and may have been exposed to a case of non-resident measles who traveled to Los Angeles County while contagious, ”the health department said in an advisory Friday.
The Orange County Health Agency said the girl was in Southern California from August 1
During her stay in Southern California, the girl visited Universal Studios theme park and several destinations in Hollywood and Santa Monica, Los Angeles health officials said anyone who was also in those places could be at risk. from the development of measles.
Orange County health officials said she visited Disneyland in Anaheim on August 12 and stayed at the nearby Desert Palms Hotel. There is no information on her current status.
A total of 16 measles cases have been reported so far in 2019 among Los Angeles County residents, and 11 infected persons are known to have traveled through the county.
The CDC said earlier this week that there was a 1.8% increase in the number of cases of the highly contagious and sometimes deadly virus in the United States between August 8 and 15.
The disease was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, which means that it has not had a continuous transmission for at least one year. CDC officials say the US risks losing its measles elimination status if the current epidemic, which began in October 2018 in New York State, continues through October 2019.
measles is considered one of the most contagious viruses in the world infect 90% of people who have not been immunized, according to the Los Angeles County Health Department.
Symptoms of the virus that can cause severe complications and even death include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and a characteristic rash that can occur up to three weeks after exposure.
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August 25, 2019 11:24 AM IST