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5 Disneyland Workers Diagnosed With Measles

Measles-hit school sends unvaccinated kids home
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2015 2:14 AM CST
5 Disneyland Workers Diagnosed With Measles
Let's hope Mickey had all his shots.   (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, H. Lorren Au Jr., FILE)

(Newser) – The measles outbreak traced to Disneyland visitors is continuing to spread, and steps are being taken to stop it both inside and outside the California park. Five Disney workers—two of them vaccinated—have been diagnosed with measles, and the park says that workers who came in contact with them and can't provide either vaccination records or proof of immunity have been placed on paid leave, reports the Los Angeles Times. It's not clear how many visitors may have encountered the infected workers, whom Disney's chief medical officer refers to as "cast members." She says a few of the cast members have returned to work after being medically cleared, reports the OC Register.

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In an Orange County high school around 20 miles from Disneyland, at least 24 unvaccinated students have been told to stay home until Jan. 29 because they may have been exposed to the disease by an infected classmate earlier this month, reports CBS. Officials say sending students who were exposed and don't have the necessary vaccination is the only way to prevent more infections, though some accuse the district of being too strict. "I'm not a doctor so I can't say, but that seems extreme to me," one parent tells NBC. There have been 16 cases confirmed in the county—including six not directly linked to Disneyland—and dozens more related cases across California, three other states, and Mexico. (Read more measles stories.)

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