A measles-infected person who recently visited Disneyland in California may have exposed others to the disease, Los Angeles health officials said Tuesday.
The un identified patient first visited Starbucks on Sepulveda Boulevard on October 16 between 7:50 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. He or she then went to the Anaheim-based theme park between 9: 3 pm and 8:35 pm the same day.
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"Other people may have been exposed to measles because public places were visited by a person with measles while they were infected," the Ministry The Los Angeles County Health Authority said in a news release.
Those concerned that they may have been exposed should review their immunization records to make sure they have received the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Those who have not received the vaccine should contact their health care provider, health officials say.
Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through the air after the infected person coughs or sneezes. Others may become infected with measles when they inhale the polluted air or touch a contaminated surface and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth.
"Infected can spread measles to other people four days before four days after the rash occurs." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.
The MMR vaccine can protect both humans and others from contracting the virus.
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This is not the first time a person infected with measles has visited the theme park while infected. In August, a visitor to New Zealand is said to be a source of possible exposure.