10 local measles cases all linked to Disneyland


Visitors pass by the entrance gate to Disneyland on Monday, March 18, 2013. Beginning March 23, children under age 14 will have to be accompanied by someone 14 or older to get into Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. (Christina House / For The Times)

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SAN DIEGO -- San Diego County health officials said Thursday there are 10 confirmed cases of measles in county stemming from an outbreak that has been traced to Disneyland.

Seven new measles cases were confirmed in the county Thursday, and health officials released a list of locations where patients visited recently and may have spread the disease.

County officials released a list of locations and times where people may have been exposed to measles:

  • City of San Diego Operations Building, 1222 First Ave., San Diego, Jan. 12 from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Jan. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Jan. 14 from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • CVS Pharmacy, 2760 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon, Jan. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Vons, 2800 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon, Jan. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Sharp-Rees-Steely Urgent Care Clinic, 5525 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, on Jan. 3 between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and Jan. 14 from noon until the clinic was closed at 1 p.m.
  • Rite Aid Pharmacy, 1665 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, Jan. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m.
    Trader Joes, 5495 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, Jan. 12 from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Absolute Personal Fitness, 2000 Main Street, Julian, Jan 9 from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Julian Fitness Center, 2216 Main Street, Julian, Jan. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Parkway Plaza Mall in El Cajon, Dec. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. only, especially in or around GameStop, Sunglasses Hut and the carousel in the mall.

An urgent care facility in La Mesa was temporarily closed Wednesday after five people showed up displaying measles symptoms. A sixth person who was with the patients at the urgent care previously had the symptoms but had recovered, said Frances Schnall of Sharp Healthcare.

None of the locations have a current risk for measles, health officials said. All of the patients reported visiting Disneyland on Dec. 18 or having close contact with someone who visited the park.

Only one of the local patients had been vaccinated.

“Anyone who was at any of the locations listed at the specified dates and times should watch for symptoms and contact their health care provider by telephone first if they show any signs of the disease,'' said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county's public health officer. “Measles is highly contagious and spreads easily through coughing, sneezing or coming in contact with an infected person.''

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