Mickey Mouse Gets the Measles

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Since December, nearly 60 cases of the measles have been reported in the great state of California. At least 42 of those have been directly linked to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California, Department of Public Health officials said. Talk about sharing the magic. Nine other people from different states and Mexico who have visited Disney recently have been diagnosed as well.

Disney confirmed on Wednesday that five of its employees have been diagnosed with measles. Thankfully, three of the infected staff members have made full recoveries and can go on tossing confetti in the air and doing whatever other super fun things Disneyland employees get to do.

In an attempt to decrease infection and the spread of disease, the theme park’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pamela Hymel said they began to communicate with their staff to raise as much awareness as possible. Health officials recommend only visiting the theme parks if you’ve been immunized, and that babies 12 months old or younger should not visit at all. That’s okay, they wouldn’t remember it anyway.

Disneyland  has since been taking necessary precautions to protect its park-goers and employees by offering vaccinations and immunity tests to the staff members. Some have tested positive, some have been medically cleared and those who may have come in contact with infected people have been put on paid leave until cleared.

A member of the California Department of Public Health pointed out that it’s necessary to use caution when traveling to foreign countries where measles may be common. Because Disneyland and its parks are such international hubs, visitors and employees are much more subjective to outside diseases.

Hopefully Mickey Mouse and his western U.S. friends will be measles-free in no time.

Gabbi Markle is a Travel intern at Paste Magazine and a freelance writer based out of Athens, Georgia.

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