Measles outbreak traced to Disneyland visitors

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ANAHEIM, California – Meet the measles, a highly infectious illness that spreads through the air, which means you can get it standing in line.

And there’s no place better for standing in line than at Disneyland.

California health officials say nine people came down with measles in the middle of December after a trip to Disneyland or Disneyland California Adventure Park.

They’re looking at four suspected cases, two in Utah and two in California.

Doctors say to see them if a red rash shows up on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. Also go see the doctor if there’s been exposure.

Of course, a vaccination is the best way to keep from getting the measles.

Health officials say six of the seven confirmed Disneyland measles cases were children who had not been vaccinated, although two of them are too young for the shots.

California parents can claim personal belief exemptions to keep from having to vaccinate their kids.

Records show 1.56 percent of California kindergarteners took the exemptions in the 2007-2008 school year, but that number went up 78 percent, to 2.79 percent in the 2012- 2013 school year.

You can’t get the measles from the Magic Kingdom, just from people going there, and it won’t be pixie dust that protects you.

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