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Five Disneyland Employees Contracted Measles: Health Officials

The infections were disclosed as the total number of diagnosed measles in the outbreak rose to 53.



    Five Disneyland employees contracted measles during outbreak, health officials confirmed. Gadi Schwartz reports for the NBC4 News at 11 o nJan. 20, 2015. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015)

    Five Disneyland workers contracted measles at the Anaheim park, including two employees who had vaccinations, health officials said Tuesday, as the number of confirmed cases in the on-going outbreak rose to 53.

    A statement from the Orange County Healthcare Agency said there is still “ongoing measles transmission at Disneyland."

    At least one family visiting the amusement park Tuesday said they were going to try to get a refund.

    “Who knows if we are going to get our money back or not, but we are going to try,” said Matthew Smith, who said it just wasn’t worth risking his daughter’s fragile immune system.

    The Smiths traveled all the way from El Paso, Texas, to show their special-needs daughter the attractions featuring the movie “Frozen.”

    Smith said his family called to check in with representatives from the park before making the trip, and were told the outbreak had dissipated and that it was safe to visit the park.

    Others visiting the park said they weren’t too worried about the highly contagious virus.

    “I feel pretty safe walking around,” said one Australian visitor.

    Disney said it is taking each request for a measles-based refund on a case-by-case basis.

    The health department said while there is a risk of contracting the disease at the park, with the continuing outbreak, the risk exists across the county.

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