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Should You Worry About Measles?

Disneyland is currently experiencing a measles outbreak, leaving many parents worried. What is the measles, and what are the chances that you’ll get infected?

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California Department of Public Health Confirms 59 Cases of Measles

“Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state health officer, announced today that local public health officials have confirmed a total of 59 cases of measles in California residents since the end of December 2014.”

Measles Timeline

“Measles is caused by a virus, morbillivirus, that’s spread primarily via coughing and sneezing, and is recognizable by its well-known rash, which spreads to cover most of the body.”

Measles Definition

“Measles is a childhood infection caused by a virus. Once quite common, measles can now almost always be prevented with a vaccine.”

Measles Facts

“Measles is a highly contagious, serious disease caused by a virus. In 1980, before widespread vaccination, measles caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year.”

Measles (Rubeola) – Topic Overview



“Measles is a very contagious (easily spread) infection that causes a rash all over your body. It is also called rubeola or red measles.”

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