The outbreak has started at Disney theme parks and it has triggered debate on childhood immunization requirements and also led to propose a new legislation which mandated that all school children must be vaccinated before starting kindergarten.
The outbreak began in mid-December at the two Disney parks in Orange County and it has sickened half of dozen US states, Mexico and Canada. It has sickened 130 people in California.
The outbreak has sickened 147 people in U.S., there are no deaths reported.
Officials at the California Department of Public health said that they have no new infections reported in the past 42 days, or two incubations periods, that means that the outbreak in over in US.
In Quebec, measles cases have been reported and 159 people have been sickened. These people belong to a religious community with a low vaccination rate.
Most of the people who got sickened by the disease in the Disneyland were not immunized against the disease. They said reasons like they were too young to get the vaccine and others said they had personal reasons for not getting vaccinated.
Dr. Gil Chavez, state epidemiologist and deputy director of the Center for Infectious Diseases at the California Department of Public Health said that the 19 percent of the people who got sickened by measles were needed to hospitalize.
The outbreak would have been worse if there wasn’t public health response program, which tracked down people exposed to measles stricken patients and isolating them until there were no longer contagious.
James Cherry, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was part of the investigation said, “It’s a lot of work, and it’s very expensive.”
The outbreak at the Disney world ended but there are still cases of measles reported in U.S.
The Public Health officials don’t know who has sparked the outbreak at Disneyland but they believe that it might be a foreigner contaminated by the virus who has visited Disneyland has spread the disease.