SALT LAKE CITY — A teenager infected with measles visited multiple tourist spots across Southern California throughout the month of August, according to The Washington Post.
The teenager visited Disneyland, Universal Studios, Madame Tussauds and the Santa Monica Pier, all while infected with measles.
She arrived at Los Angeles International Airport after going on a trip to New Zealand. She first visited Disneyland from Aug. 11 to Aug. 15. Then, she traveled to Universal Studios, the Madame Tussauds location and the Santa Monica Pier.
Public health officials told The Washington Post that they are seeking out anyone who might have been infected by the teenager.
“There is no known current risk related to measles that exists at these venues at this time,” the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in a release.
The public health officials shared some tips for anyone who might have visited these locations during the dates, including reviewing immunization and medical records to see if they are protected from measles. You may want to contact health care providers about a potential exposure. Monitor your health to see if you have any fever or random rash from seven to 21 days after the exposure.
“For those who are not protected, measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that initially causes fever, cough, red, watery eyes and, finally, a rash,” Los Angeles County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis said in a release, according to The Huffington Post. “Measles is spread by air and by direct contact even before you know have it.”
Specifically, the public health officials said the teen visited LAX on Aug. 11 at Terminal 9 from 9 to 11:30 p.m. On Aug. 14, the teenager visited Universal Studios.
On Aug. 15, she visited TCL Chinese Theaters, formerly known as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Later that day, she visited Madame Tussauds and The Original Farmers Market before heading over to the Santa Monica Pier and beach. She returned to LAX that day from 6 to 11:59 p.m. at the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
Measles have become a widespread national health issue this year. From Jan. 1 to Aug. 22, 2019, there have been measles confirmed in 30 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As of Aug. 22, 125 people who got measles were sent to the hospital and 65% of them have had additional problems such as pneumonia and encephalitis, according to the CDC. There have been 1,215 cases reported this year, compared to 372 last year.