Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Authorities on Friday confirmed two more cases of measles contracted at Disneyland or Disney’s California Adventure Park last month, bringing the total to eight cases in Orange County.

“We anticipate more cases,” said Nicole Stanfield of the Orange County Health Care Agency.

State Department of Public Health officials today confirmed eight cases of measles elsewhere in the state, plus two in Utah and one in Colorado, according to Carlos Villatoro of DPH. The state’s latest tally of Orange County cases is six, conflicting with the HCA’s count.

State Department of Public Health officials believe a person with infectious measles was likely at one of the Anaheim theme parks and spread the disease.

All of the eight afflicted with measles in Orange County said they were at one or both of the Disney parks between Dec. 15 and Dec. 20, according to the HCA.

“This is really a good reminder for everyone to get vaccinated,” said the OCA’s Deanne Thompson.

The infected went to St. Joseph Hospital, CHOC Children’s Hospital in Orange and Quest Diagnostics Laboratory, all in Orange, for treatment, raising the likelihood that many other patients and staff at those facilities were infected, Thompson said.

The confirmed California cases range in age from 8 months to 21 years old. Six of them were unvaccinated — two being too young, state officials said.

So far, state officials have confirmed one case in Alameda, one in Los Angeles County, one in Pasadena, two in Riverside, one in San Bernardino and two in San Diego.

In three cases confirmed Thursday by the HCA, the afflicted sought treatment at St. Joseph’s emergency room and were there from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Dec. 30; CHOC Children’s Hospital’s fourth floor on New Year’s Day from 3:40 p.m. through Jan. 2 at 12:45 p.m., CHOC’s emergency room from 10:35 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. on Sunday and 8:25 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Monday; and Quest Diagnostics Laboratory, 1010 W. La Veta Ave., Suite 140, on Saturday from noon to 1:15 p.m.

Other locations where people may have been exposed to the measles include Spectrum Pharmacy, 18 Endeavor, Irvine, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday; Target store Starbucks and pharmacy at 3750 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, from 8:40 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday; and the UC Irvine Ayala Science Library from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Measles generally begins with fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes. Within a few days, a red rash appears, usually on the face then spreading down to the rest of the body. Measles is an infectious, airborne disease.

City News Service

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