Friday, January 23, 2015

Measles in Disneyland

Measles has been spread out in Disneyland and now fifty-nine people in California and eight more across Oregon, Washington, Utah, Colorado, and Mexico are sick from the virus called Measles. Measles is an infectious viral disease causing fever and red rash on the skin typically occurring in childhood. California health officials say more than 4 dozen cases of measles have been diagnosed in the state a result of an outbreak that started at Disneyland. Most who got sick were not vaccinated. Many people can get sick easily because it spreads easily through the air even before infected individuals get sick. It can float in the air in an enclosed space. And you leave you're the spreader and then a susceptible person can come in a half hour later, breathe the air that contains the virus and they can get sick. No other virus that we know spreads that readily. So places where crowds gather, like theme parks with long lines and closed rides and lots of hotels and restaurants, are ideal environments for the virus which causes fever, cough and a spotted body rash to spread. People who have gotten the two-dose vaccine are 99 percent protected, but others are susceptible those with weakened immune systems and infants under the age of 1 before the first vaccine dose is given. And if infants acquire measles, then they are at high risk of developing the complications of middle ear infection and pneumonia and requiring hospitalization.The Disneyland outbreak has already spread well beyond the theme parks that attract tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe, who could then return home with the virus. Disease investigators for weeks raced to identify measles-stricken patients, track down potential contacts and quarantine them if necessary.