Amid the measles outbreak from California’s Disney parks spreading rapidly, the health officials in Arizona are closely monitoring 1,000 people, including 200 children, who are expected to have been exposed to the contagious disease at a Phoenix-area medical center.
The outbreak originated in the Disneyland parks in California and has now spread across the state. As the disease is contagious, the health experts have strongly recommended the residents to get their child vaccinated immediately. Those who are not vaccinated are being asked to wear masks while going out in public place.
State Health Services director Will Humble said, “To stay in your house for 21 days is hard. But we need people to follow those recommendations, because all it takes is a quick trip to the Costco before you’re ill and, ‘bam,’ you’ve just exposed a few hundred people. We’re at a real critical juncture with the outbreak.”
According to the health officials, children who are under a year of age cannot be vaccinated for measles, mumps or rubella. However, they can receive doses of immunity booster.
After California, Arizona is the second state to report highest number of measles cases linked to December outbreak in Disney parks. According to the health officials, the cases of measles have been confirmed in California, Arizona, Washington, Utah, Oregon, Colorado and Nebraska.