Disneyland, California Adventure Linked to Nine Measles Cases

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The infected individuals visited the theme parks between Dec. 15 - 20

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have been linked to several recent measles cases. 

Nine people from California and Utah who visited the parks from Dec. 15-20 have been confirmed to have the disease, according to NBC 4. The California Department of Public Health is currently investigating the cases.

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"We are working with the health department to provide any information and assistance we can," Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chief medical officer Dr. Pamela Hymel told NBC.

Officials say the California cases are in Alameda, Orange, Pasadena, Riverside and San Diego. 

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Six of the seven California patients were not vaccinated for measles, including two who were too young for the vaccine. Both Utah cases had not been vaccinated.

On Jan. 17, the Los Angeles Times reported that the outbreak included 51 confirmed cases and had spread beyond people who had visited Disneyland in December.

Measles patients can be infectious for up to nine days, and symptoms include fever, runny nose and inflamed eyes. 

Jan. 17, 12:50 p.m. Updated with new number of cases.

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