Measles outbreak linked to 5 Disneyland employees says officials


A measles outbreak over on the west coast has been linked to at least five park employees at Disneyland according to officials.

Out of the five infected, three have returned to work and the other two are still recovering, according to Dr. Pamela Hymel, the chief medical officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Disney has been on top of things since Disney first heard of the outbreak on January 7 giving cast members immunity tests and even offered vaccinations.

There have been several dozen cases of measles linked to Disneyland since the initial outbreak, the latest being in Mexico and Orgeon.  There has been a total of 16 outbreaks in Orange County, California.  Six of which were not connected to the Disneyland outbreak.

How does one keep themselves and their family safe at the theme parks from sickness?  Here are some quick tips on keeping you and your family safe at the parks:

  1. Wash your hands.  Although many theme parks strive for cleanliness, be sure to wash your hands frequently.
  2. Get vaccinated.  If you are planning on going on vacation, make sure you and your family are up to date on their vaccinations.
  3. Get lots of rest.  A day at the theme parks can be a tiring experience for you and your family.  Be sure to get plenty of rest the night before to ensure your body is ready for the day ahead.
  4. Snack well.  We are all tempted by the sweet delights in theme parks, from cotton candy to that giant funnel cake.  Avoid these options and go with healthier choices such as fruits and vegetables, which parks are offering more and more of recently.
  5. Don’t go.  If you are sick and are able to avoid going to the parks, do it.  A crowded theme park is one of the easiest places for germs to spread.  If you are sick and absolutely must to go to a theme park, be sure to wear a mask.

These are just a few tips to help you stay healthy at the parks.  How do you stay healthy at the parks?  Let us know in the comments below!

For a complete list of some other great tips on how to stay healthy at the theme parks, visit this article by Theme Park Insider.

via Mercury News

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Clint Gamache started Thrillgeek back in 2013 to share his love of theme parks, pop culture and other geeky stuff with the world. He can be found on Twitter @iamcgeed