Pediatric Medical Researchers Blame Disneyland Measles Outbreak on Anti-Vaxxers

Luke McGarry
How could you, Jenny McCarthy!?!
The anti-vaccination movement is likely to blame for the Disneyland measles outbreak of mid-December, according to research published Monday by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics.

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Dr Who Fans Time Travel to Disneyland This SUNDAY

Courtesy Amy McCain

If you go to Disneyland Sunday and find yourself wondering why you're seeing so many people wearing fezzes or what's the significance of that blue police call box you keep seeing in various forms, the answer to all of your confusion is Doctor Who.

Devoted fans of the British sci-fi television show with a cult following--naturally called Whovians--will converge en masse upon Disneyland proper for the third time on Sunday. The first Galliday gathering (named as a play on the Doctor's home planet Gallifrey) was titled "The Oncoming Storm" and took place in January of 2014. "The Next Regeneration" followed in September, and now the first Galliday of 2015 is entitled "Jelly Baby Jamboree"--a reference to the Fourth Doctor's beloved snack.

Galliday organizer and founder Amy McCain will be dressing up as a femme version the Fourth Doctor herself this weekend in honor of the theme. McCain took the time to speak with us in anticipation of this weekend's Whovian festivities which range from a photo scavenger hunt to Whovian speed dating at Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar after hours. Allons-y!

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Ghost Roams Disneyland After Closing--and There's Video to Prove It!

Photo by flickr user Kent Buckingham
Going our way?
For reasons not quite clear, a video originally posted on YouTube on Sept. 15, 2009, of what's supposed to be a ghost (Uncle Walt?) roaming Disneyland in Anaheim is suddenly spooking social media-ites.

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Dapper Day Disneyland 2015 Dispatch: Darling Disneybounding!

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Ed Carrasco

When a man dressed like he's from the Jazz Age talks about Orange Is the New Black on the Mark Twain Riverboat...well, doesn't that tell you all you need to know about Disneyland's awesome Dapper Day tradition? Add a young woman who resembles a 1950s Hollywood actress taking iPhone selfies to the mix and it becomes not just apparent, but clear.

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Dress Up for Disneyland's Dapper Day This Sunday

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Star Foreman
You fancy, huh?

Ladies, dig up your grandma's vintage sunglasses and high-rise pencil skirts. Men, get groomed and put on your best bow-tie. It's time to bring Sunday's best to Dapper Day this Sunday on March 1, which will fill Disneyland with old-timey fashionistas once more.

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Disneyland Adult Ticket Price Glass Half Full Argument: They Aren't $100 Yet

Photo by Mary Bell/OC Weekly
Ah, well, at least gay couples will still be able to afford it.
When I first started taking money from motorists entering Disneyland, parking cost 50 cents. It's $17 now. I don't recall what an adult pass to get into the Anaheim theme park was back in those days, but it certainly was not $99, the new admission price as of last weekend.

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Half of 20 New Measles Cases in the U.S. Are Connected to the Disneyland Outbreak

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
It even blew in 1963.
UPDATE, FEB. 19, 7:30 A.M.: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday it is adding 20 new measles cases, making the total number 141 so far this year in the U.S. Of the 20 new cases, 10 are tied to the mid-December outbreak at Disneyland, according to the CDC. Cases have now been reported in 17 states and Washington, D.C. Do you want the good news or the bad news health officials have regarding this?

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Chairman Bob Iger Says Measles Outbreak is Not Infecting Disneyland Attendance

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A non-infected Disneyland crowd (well, non-infected with measles) in 2011.
Anecdotal evidence I'd heard last weekend about crowds being down at Disneyland in the wake of the measles outbreak aren't being supported by the most powerful Mouseketeer of all: Walt Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger.

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Of Mice and Measles

Luke McGarry

With measles thought to be wiped out in the United States since 2000, December's outbreak at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim and subsequent spread much farther beyond Orange County are unusual from a recent historical perspective.

But the response from the bashers of immigrants, anti-vaxxers and anti-abortionists who have capitalized on the outbreak? No, you could see that coming like a smoke cloud blowing into your southwest Anaheim neighborhood after a nightly fireworks spectacular.

The rhetorical frenzy has been as swift as the disease's spread. State health officials revealed on Jan. 7 that nine confirmed cases of measles were tied to people who had been at Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure between Dec. 15 and Dec. 20. Patients ranged in age from 8 months to 21 years, six victims had not been vaccinated, and five were Disney cast members.

"Although we aren't sure exactly how this year's outbreak began, we assume that someone got infected overseas, visited the parks and spread the disease to others," Dr. Anne Schuchat, who directs the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said during a Jan. 29 news conference.

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What Do Disneyland, Measles and Abortion Have to Do with Each Other?

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It's not getting vaccinated but what's in the vial, say anti-abortion groups.
Forget illegals, anti-vaxxers or Jenny McCarthy: A Washington, D.C.-based right-to-life group is blaming abortion for the spread of measles across the country by people who were at the Disney Resort in Anaheim in mid-December.

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