Disneyland measles outbreak: Now 26 People Infected

Disneyland measles outbreak: Infected woman took 2 flights before diagnosis

The measles cases traced to Disneyland threatens to spread farther. An unvaccinated California woman infected others while traveling between Orange County and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport during the holidays.

The number of cases is now at 26 and includes 3 states, Washington, Utah, and Colorado.

The woman, whose name hasn’t been released yet, has been described only as ‘female in her 20s’ by health officials. She became sick after her trip to Disneyland in the middle of December and became contagious on Dec. 28th.

She flew from Orange County to Seattle on Dec. 29th staying until she returned to Orange County on January 3rd. She was diagnosed on January 8th.

She flew to Seattle on Alaska Airlines Flight 505 on Dec. 29, a Washington health official said. She returned to Orange County on Jan. 3 on Virgin America Flight 1780.


An unvaccinated man in Colorado picked up measles after a visit to Disneyland as well. He was treated at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs and recovered, but officials warned that patients at that facility may have been exposed to the virus on Jan. 3. Officials are contacting those who may have been affected.

It was the first time a measles case was reported in Colorado’s El Paso County since 1992


Two cases were confirmed in Utah last week, and health officials have been closely monitoring more than 350 people who could have been exposed, state officials said.


There are now 22 cases in California of measles related to the Disneyland outbreak, in the counties of Alameda (3), Los Angeles (3), Orange (9), Riverside (2), San Bernardino (2), San Diego (2), and Ventura (1). Of the cases in L.A. County, one each occurred in the cities of Long Beach and Pasadena, which have their own health departments.

About the Measles

Measles is one of the most contagious diseases known, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The virus spreads through respiratory droplets that are sent airborne by a cough or sneeze. “You can catch measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been — even if the person is gone,” the CDC says.

Many of those infected with measles in this outbreak either weren’t vaccinated because of a parent’s choice or were too young to be vaccinated.

An anti-vaccination movement has gathered steam in the last decade or so, driven by parents who question the medical consensus that inoculations are safe. Scientists have thoroughly discredited the idea that vaccines can trigger autism.

Click here for a map of measles outbreaks worldwide, in purple, and whooping cough outbreaks in the United States, in green. The anti-vaccination movement has helped fuel the spread of the diseases.

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