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A Ton of Families May Have Been Exposed to Measles at Disneyland

So much for the Happiest Place on Earth...

Flickr: Harshlight

Disneyland is known as the Happiest Place on Earth, where people of all ages can escape the doldrums of the modern world to enjoy a day of magic and wonder. But if you visited Disneyland in the past few days, you may find yourself wishing upon a star that you weren’t exposed to measles, as officials have confirmed that someone who has measles visited the park on October 16 from approximately 9:15 a.m. to 8:35 p.m.

“Anyone who may have been at these locations on these dates during these timeframes may be at risk of developing measles for up to 21 days after being exposed,” the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health stated in its advisory, along with encouraging anyone who visited the park during this time to review their immunization records to confirm that they have been vaccinated for the measles.

If someone has not been vaccinated against the measles, the health department advises them to monitor their symptoms for the next 21 days, as well as reaching out to a healthcare provider about receiving their MMR vaccine. Anyone who is pregnant or the parent of an infant should immediately reach out to a healthcare provider about possible exposure.

While the idea of the measles floating around Disneyland is certainly disturbing, it’s worth noting that, at this point, you are at risk of exposure almost anywhere you go, as measles outbreaks have occurred all over the country over the last several years. The World Health Organization even considered revoking America’s measles-elimination status due to its unexpected return.