Measles, shmeasles

California outbreak is officially over

Health officials say the measles outbreak that started this past winter at Disneyland and infected a total of 131 people in California—and at least 25 others out-of-state—is officially over.

Since it can take up to 21 days for an infected individual to experience symptoms, a measles outbreak is declared over if no new illnesses are reported for 42 days, according to the state Department of Public Health. But future outbreaks in California remain a possibility—especially with health experts warning that the state’s vaccination rates are too low. Officials have confirmed the vaccination status of 81 of the people recently infected in California; of those, 56 patients, or about 70 percent, were unvaccinated, according to The Los Angeles Times.

A vote on legislation designed to get more children immunized was recently delayed after the author, state Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), was warned that the bill would not pass the Senate Education Committee in its current form.