The total number of confirmed cases of measles, which has been linked to the outbreak in Disneyland in California, has reached 52 as the contagious disease has spread across the US border into Mexico.
According to the health officials, a 22-month-old Mexican girl child was diagnosed with measles linked to the outbreak that began at Disney California Adventure Park or Disneyland in middle of December last year.
The officials said over four dozen Americans spread across four states, Washington, Utah, Colorado and California, have contracted measles in connection to the outbreak in Disneyland in California.
The health experts have warned against the current pattern of the spread of the measles outbreak, saying it could continue for long.
The outbreak of measles initially began in people who visited the Disneyland in California between December 17 and 20.
“Nothing could have been done to prevent this outbreak given that measles is present in many parts of the world, and there are susceptible people in the US. The only way to prevent measles is through immunization, and this outbreak is a reminder that measles is just a plane ride away from the United States,” according to a statement by the California Department of Public Health.
The health officials strictly recommended the Americans to get vaccinated, saying many of the sick people have not been vaccinated.
Measles, a highly contagious airborne viral disease, can prove to be fatal in some cases if the patient is malnourished. Generally, the red rashes begin from the face and then further spreads downward in the body. Some of the common symptoms of measles include runny nose, cough, red eyes, fever and red rashes on the skin.