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Measles Outbreak Grows to 68 Cases

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The measles outbreak has grown to 68 cases throughout California. <br /><br />Health officials now say that Disney employees and visitors infected with measles were at the theme park well into January. <br /><br />Christina Jalomo of Fresno visited Disneyland twice since December with her family. <br /><br />&quot;We were there the week before and we had heard about it and we decided to go one more time before she went back to school by then it seemed like it was under control,&quot; Jalomo said. <br /><br />Her five year old daughter Gianna is vaccinated. So she is not too concerned about their trip. She says like most parents measles was never on her radar. <br /><br />&quot;I was more worried about like Ebola,&quot; she said. <br /><br />What started as a few cases at the happiest place on earth has spread to seven states and Mexico. Many are pointing the finger at the anti-vaccination movement as the cause. Last year 13,000 personal belief exemptions were turned in by California parents. <br /><br />&quot;Obviously that creates a highly susceptible population that if you get an infectious disease, a vaccine-preventable disease that gets into that population, it’s going to go through those kids like wild fire,&quot; Dr. Dean Blumberg with UC Davis Children’s Hospital said. <br /><br />Dotty Hagmir chose not to vaccinate her five year old daughter Sheridan. She believes vaccines cause more harm than good.<br /><br />&quot;I feel very comfortable with the decisions that I made for my children. I don’t feel like just getting everyone vaccinated is actually what’s keeping everybody safe,&quot; Hagmir said. <br /><br />Jalomo said the measles outbreak won’t stop her family from going to Disneyland again but believes every parent should vaccinate their kids. <br /><br />&quot;It can happen here, it can happen at a movie theater, it can happen at the grocery store but that’s why it’s important to vaccinate our children,&quot; Jalomo said. <br /><br /></div>

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