ANAHEIM, CA – The “happiest place on earth” may be the “rashiest place on earth."
The number of confirmed cases of measles that southern California health officials can trace back to Disneyland is now more than 70 in states from Washington to Arizona and into Mexico.
At least 63 cases in California, with 42 of those from direct exposure at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park, maybe from one or more of the five Disney employees with the disease.
And almost half of those with the measles were not vaccinated, including six babies too young for the shots.
So far, Texas has one confirmed case in Tarrant County, but not connected to the Disney outbreak.
Measles is nothing to sneeze at, because it travels through the air from coughs and sneezes, along with touching.
Rebecca Sunenshine, MD, is with the Maricopa County, Arizona Health Department. "Once someone is exposed about 7-12 days later they start to develop fever, red watery eyes, runny nose and a cough.”
You don’t have to be sneezed on or coughed on to catch the measles, though.
"You only need to be in the same room as them. And it stays in the air for two hours after the person leaves ."
Health officials urge unvaccinated folks to get their shots as soon as possible, because it takes two weeks to be effective.
And the Disneyland outbreak proves that it really is a small world after all.