LOS ANGELES (AP) — A measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in December is waning.
California health officials say the outbreak will be considered over in the state on Friday if there aren’t new cases.READ MORE: California Focusing On Urgent Projects As Wildfire Season Looms
The outbreak reignited debate about vaccinations. Many of those infected were not immunized.
Infections spread beyond California to several other states and countries.READ MORE: Future Of Hollywood's Cinerama Dome Still In Question
The highly contagious disease was declared eliminated from the U.S., but travelers can still bring in the virus from abroad.
The outbreak began when 40 people became exposed to measles while visiting Disney theme parks in Anaheim. The illness spread to the community. In all, 131 people in California were infected.
A measles outbreak is considered over when 42 days — or two incubation periods — have passed since the last onset of the rash.MORE NEWS: Paul Flores, Father Arrested In 1996 Disappearance Of Kristin Smart
(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)