Disneyland Measles Outbreak is Over, Health Officials Say

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A medical assistant gives a measles-mumps-rubella vaccine at the Medical Arts Pediatric Med Group in Los Angeles. (CREDIT: Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)

The measles outbreak that began at Disneyland over the winter holidays is over, California health officials said Friday.

A total of 131 people were infected with the measles in California as well as at least 25 others who resided in seven other states, Canada and Mexico. There have been no new measles cases related to the outbreak that began at Disneyland in 42 days.

It can take 21 days for a person infected with measles to show signs of illness. An outbreak can be declared over if no new illnesses are reported for 42 days.

“We are pleased this outbreak is over, but caution that measles can be reintroduced in California at any time when an infected person brings it to the state,” said Dr. Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health. “The best defense for protection against the highly infectious measles is vaccination.”

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