Disneyland Measles: ‘Ideal’ Incubator for Major Outbreak

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It may have begun with a sneeze at Disneyland.

Throngs of visitors travel down Disneyland's Main Street USA in this file photo. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Throngs of visitors travel down Disneyland's Main Street USA in this file photo. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

The measles outbreak traced back to the Anaheim theme park could show us how far a sneeze can travel. Health officials in California and the nation are scrambling to contain the outbreak of this extremely contagious disease, which can lead to hospitalization and death.

The virus spreads through coughing and sneezing. An infected person can sneeze, walk away, and the virus can continue to live in the air for two hours, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And there is rarely unoccupied airspace in Disneyland, where 16.2 million people visited in 2013.

The happiest -- and at times one of the most crowded -- places on Earth is "ideal" as the launching site for a widespread measles outbreak.

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