ANAHEIM (CBSLA.com) — Some Disney theme park employees have contracted measles, officials confirmed Tuesday.
Orange County health officials said several park employees were diagnosed with measles. Of those, two had reportedly been vaccinated.
To date, up to 53 measles cases have been confirmed in California.
As KCAL9’s Stacey Butler reports, initial exposures at Disney theme parks occurred mid-December.
However, not all measles cases have been linked to visits to the theme park.
On Tuesday night, Pamela Hymel, the chief medical officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, released the following statement:
“In an abundance of caution, we also offered vaccinations and immunity tests. To date, a few cast members have tested positive and some have been medically cleared and returned to work. Cast members who may have come in contact with those who were positive are being tested for the virus. While awaiting results, they have been put on paid leave until medically cleared.”
A Disney spokesperson said three of the employees contracted measles from Dec. 15 and Dec. 20. It’s unclear when the remaining two were infected and if they were vaccinated, Butler reported.
The spokesperson also said the three employees have recovered and have returned to work.