SANTA ANA, California (AP) – A New Zealand teen who traveled to Southern California this month was contagious by highly contagious measles and may have been exposed to others at Disneyland and a nearby hotel, health officials said on Friday.
The Orange County Health Care Agency said the exposures could have occurred August 11 at the Desert Palms Hotel in Anaheim and August 12 at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park. The girl remained in Southern California until August 15 and has since returned to New Zealand, Dr. Nichole Quick, the county health care professional.
The agency said it has been working with the facilities to reach people who were in close contact. There are no recent reports that anyone has been affected by measles from their teens, said Quick.
She said she expects to see more measles cases, in general, among international travelers visiting California because of an increase in the disease abroad.
"We are generally concerned about outbreaks going on in places in this country as well as internationally," she said.
The teen also traveled to nearby Los Angeles County. A message that was provided to the county's health and medical bureau was not immediately returned.
Disneyland officials said on Friday that no employees at the theme park were reported to have been affected by the disease. Dr. Pamela Hymel, Disneyland's highest medical officer, said in a statement that health officials said the risk to employees and visitors "is probably low."
The park strengthened an existing immunization program earlier this year for employees, she said.
In 2015, a measles outbreak with Disneyland 147 people failed and spread across the United States and to Canada.
As at the beginning of this month, Los Angeles County health officials reported 16 cases of measles among county residents this year and 10 others among non-residents who traveled through.
Orange County Health Care states that people who may have been exposed should monitor themselves for symptoms such as fever and rash that occur for up to 21 days from exposure. Quick urged anyone with symptoms to call their health care provider before going to the doctor to avoid further exposures. People are also asked to check their records to determine if they have been vaccinated or have had measles before.