The California Department of Public Health has issued a health alert after 9 tourists to the happiest place on earth have contracted the measles virus. Find out when the infection happened, and where the infected people live. 


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Nine tourists have confirmed cases of the highly contagious measles virus, contracted allegedly from Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim, California. Seven cases are in California, while the other two are from Utah. Officials believe the spread happened during the holidays at the park, between December 15 and December 20th. Health officials believe that a single person came to one of the theme parks with the virus, and exposed others. There are three other unconfirmed cases along with the nine confirmed cases.

Health officials are warning people who believe they have been exposed to the virus to contact a health care provider immediately. Also, they recommend people to get vaccinated against the virus. Measles is highly contagious and is transmitted by air droplets through sneezing, coughing and coming into close contact with an infected person. People are infectious with the measles virus for nine days after contracting it. Signs of the measles virus are cough, fever, runny nose, red eyes and sometimes a red rash that first appears on the face and then can spread. You can read more about the outbreak on the LA Times website.

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