Maricopa County measles case linked to Disneyland outbreak

Maricopa County measles case linked to Disneyland outbreak

PHOENIX (AP) – Health officials say a recent case of the measles in Arizona is tied to an outbreak at Disney theme parks in California.

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health said Thursday that a woman in her 50s tested positive for measles after visiting Disneyland last month.

She has since recovered.

Officials say people who she may have exposed to measles have already been contacted.

Department Director Bob England says more secondary cases could be reported in Maricopa County.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is easily transmitted through the air by coughing and sneezing.

A measles outbreak that was traced to the theme parks has sickened 70 people and spread to five states.

Symptoms of the vaccine-preventable illness include fever, rash, cough and runny nose.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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