Last week we reported that there were 9 confirmed cases of measles all stemming from visits to the Disneyland theme park this past December. Well, the tally has since grown to 22 cases, which apparently can all be traced back to the initial outbreak.
Adding to the total was one case in Long Beach, and two more in San Bernardino, although it’s unclear at this time if those cases came from visits to Disneyland or from contact with infected individuals who had already visited the theme park. Health officials would only say that the new cases are ‘in conjunction’ with the Disneyland outbreak, per the L.A. Times.
Officials in both Long Beach and San Bernardino have provided a list of locations and timelines for when additional exposure to infected individuals may have taken place (per the same Times story).
Long Beach lists four locations, with a time frame of between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 3:
- Total Wellness Club and Bank of America in the 6400 block of Spring Street
- Stater Brothers in the 6500 block of Spring Street
- Bank of America in the 6300 block of Spring Street
San Bernardino health officials listed the following locations and times:
- Casino Morongo in Cabazon on Jan. 4 from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
- Magic Wok in Chino on Jan. 6 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Jimmy’s Warehouse Sportscard in Whittier on Jan. 7 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Pomona Valley Health Center Urgent Care in Chino on Jan. 8 from 3:56 p.m. to 5:05 p.m.
Although the chance of catching the disease is relatively small during a brief encounter with an infected individual, health officials are telling people who may have been exposed to be on the look out for symptoms from seven to 21 days after exposure. A measles infection causes fever, rash, cough and red, watery eyes, and those infected are contagious from roughly four days before the rash appears through four days after.
Of those diagnosed in the current outbreak, 12 were unvaccinated and six others either had no records of their vaccination or didn’t know their vaccination status. Only four of the 22 cases were of people who were already vaccinated.
As a reminder to parents, children should get their first vaccination between 12 and 15 months of age, with a second dose between 4 and 6 years old before going to school.