Perspective from Paul A. Offit, MD
January 23, 2015
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Disneyland measles outbreak spreads; AAP urges vaccination

Perspective from Paul A. Offit, MD
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The California Department of Public Health has confirmed 79 cases of measles among California residents, and of these, 52 are linked to Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park.

In addition to California, there have been five measles cases in Arizona, three cases in Utah, two cases in Washington and one case in Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon and Mexico that have been epidemiologically linked to Disney, according to the California Department of Public Health.

One case in Mexico and Michigan have been epidemiologically linked to California as of Jan. 28.

The AAP issued a statement urging parents, schools and communities to vaccinate infants, children and adults in an effort to prevent further and future measles outbreaks.

“Vaccines are one of the most important ways parents can protect their children from very real diseases that exist in our world,” AAP Executive Director and CEO Errol R. Alden, MD, FAAP, said in a press release. “The AAP urges parents to have their children immunized against measles, as well as other infectious diseases, and to talk with their child’s pediatrician if they have questions about any of their child’s recommended vaccines.”

Among the confirmed cases in California — where several secondary cases have been reported — 52 are associated with initial exposure at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park in December. Five of the cases are Disney employees.

The California patients are aged 7 months to 70 years. Vaccination information was available for 34 of these cases, and of them, 28 were not vaccinated against measles.