Imagine being called the "measles family." Well, that is exactly what people on social media were calling Jannae Yslas-Roach, a 32-year-old mother of four and her family. They contracted the virus during their Disneyland vacation and brought measles back to their hometown of Kearny, AZ. Yslas-Roach explained that the variations of their measles symptoms and the doctors' lack of urgency caused delays in diagnosis. As a result, the family exposed others to the disease for several weeks in January. The family made several trips to different health centers upping the total of potentially exposed individuals to around 1,000. This number includes those too young or immunocompromised to get the vaccine. Yslas-Roach stated, "I never in a million years thought this would go as far as it has. I'm a believer that if you do not vaccinate your children, you have a responsibility to keep your kids out and away from others, if they're sick.”
Yslas-Roach was part of the anti-vaxx community who believed that exposure strengthens the immune system, and children could be confined at home with the first sign of illness. Yet, despite their best intentions, there is no way a parent could have 100 percent control over their children's health or how the virus spreads. The Yslas-Roach family exposed so many people because the virus can live for up to two hours on surfaces or in the air. It is also one of the most contagious diseases in the world. The initial symptoms of a fever, cough and runny nose can easily be mistaken for something else. After three to five days, then the measles rash develops. Yet, by the time the rash is exhibited, they will have already transmitted the virus to others for four days based upon CDC findings. Around 90 percent of unvaccinated people will get measles if exposed.
To prevent contraction, two doses of the vaccine are recommended for 97 percent effectiveness. While the U.S. declared the disease defeated in 2000, the popularity of the anti-vaxx train of thought and people contracting the disease abroad brought it back. As of Feb. 20, over 154 people throughout the nation have contracted measles, 118 of them have been linked to the Disneyland visit.
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The family contracted measles at Disneyland.