The number of measles cases linked to two California Disney theme parks continue to rise and Utah health authorities are now reporting the third case that is part of the outbreak.

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The individual is under the age of 18 and was in contact with the two people who became ill after traveling to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park in mid-December, according to the Utah Department of Health. This person was unimmunized, but did receive an MMR vaccine after the original cases became ill.  The three Utah cases are part of a larger outbreak being investigated in California.

The new case was under quarantine during their infectious period, and as a result, would not have exposed anyone else to the virus.
The best way to protect yourself and your family from measles – as well as many other preventable diseases – is to be fully immunized. Children and adults can receive vaccinations for diseases such as measles, pertussis, and influenza, which protect not only themselves, but helps to limit the spread of disease in the community.