By Evie Blad
Fifty-one cases of the measles can be traced to the patients’ recent visits to Disneyland, California public health officials said this week.
The quick spread of the preventable illness has once again shined a spotlight on families who opt their children out of vaccines required for school attendance and on the public policies that allow them to claim unspecified personal or philosophical exemptions from those requirements.
From a CNN story about the outbreak:
“Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus and spread through the air, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat, the CDC said.
The disease outbreak apparently surfaced when visitors reported coming down with measles after visiting the park December 15-20.