The Disney song, “It’s A Small World” took on new meaning with the recent outbreak of measles.
The highly contagious respiratory disease has sickened at least 70 people and can be traced to the Disney theme parks in California. That’s not good for tourism.
People have been cautioned against taking unvaccinated children to the Disney parks to keep the disease from spreading. So far the Disney-linked measles have made their way to five states in the U.S. and to Mexico.
Most of the cases are in California.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website said the U.S. experienced a record number of measles cases during 2014, with 644 cases from 27 states reported to CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “This is the greatest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the U.S. in 2000,” the website said.
“Measles is a highly infectious, airborne disease that typically begins with fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, and within a few days a red rash appears, usually first on the face and then spreading downward to the rest of the body,” the CDC reports. “Vaccination is the most important strategy to prevent measles.
“Two doses of measles-containing vaccine (MMR vaccine) are more than 99 percent effective in preventing measles. Measles vaccines have been available in the United States since 1963, and two doses have been recommended since 1989. If you are unsure of your vaccination status, check with your doctor to have a test to check for measles immunity or to receive vaccination.”
Now would be a good time for anyone who isn’t sure he or she had the measles as a kid or the vaccination to checked and get immunized.