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The California measles outbreak that began in December 2014 is over, it was announced today by Dr. Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state health officer. 

No new outbreak-related measles cases have been reported to CDPH for two 21-day incubation periods (42 days), allowing public health officials to declare the outbreak that infected 131 Californians to be over.

“We are pleased this outbreak is over, but caution that measles can be reintroduced in California at any time when an infected person brings it to the state,” said Dr. Smith. “The best defense for protection against the highly infectious measles is vaccination.”

Since December 2014, 131 measles cases have been reported to CDPH that are likely linked to this outbreak. Measles is not endemic in California, but can circulate when a contagious, infected person enters the state and exposes others. Forty-two cases were directly linked to an initial exposure in December at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California. Additional cases were secondary to those.  

Forty-four other cases have an unknown exposure source. It is possible, but unlikely, that some of the cases with unknown exposure sources are unrelated importations of the B3 strain into the state. Because of their epidemiologic and genotyping links, CDPH considers them part of the same outbreak, although the B3 strain is also known to circulate in a number of other countries and additional importations during the outbreak were possible. While this outbreak is over, it does not mean that there will not be future measles cases reported in California.

People can be infectious for four days prior to developing the rash associated with measles and may feel well enough to be out and about, potentially exposing others. Because measles is a highly infectious, airborne disease, public health officials are pleased to have contained the spread of this outbreak to a relatively few individuals, and that no related deaths occurred.

“Government at all levels – federal, state and local – worked together to educate health care providers and the public about potential exposures and the risks of the disease. Prompt investigation of cases, interviewing hundreds of contacts of infected people, vaccinating hundreds of at risk peopleand increasing awareness among health care providers about measles, helped to control this outbreak,” said Dr. Smith.

The public health investigation into this measles outbreak was significant. Thousands of measles contacts in California were identified. Exposures occurred in public places including health care settings, schools, malls, and airports. Babies and pre-school children, pregnant women, schoolchildren of all ages, health care workers, teachers, and other adults were exposed to measles during this outbreak. Lab tests in state and local laboratories were conducted for over 1,000 patients.

Measles symptoms typically begin with fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, and within a few days a red rash appears, usually first on the face and then spreading downward to the rest of the body.  

Two doses of measles-containing vaccine (MMR vaccine) are more than 97 percent effective in preventing measles. If you are unsure of your vaccination status, check with your doctor to have a test to check for measles immunity or to receive vaccination.

The California measles patients in this outbreak reside in 14 local health jurisdictions (Alameda, Los Angeles, Marin, Merced, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Ventura counties and the cities of Long Beach and Pasadena). Patients range in age from six weeks to 70 years. Vaccination status is documented for 81 of the 131 cases. Of these 81, 56 (70 percent) were unvaccinated, and 25 had received one or more doses of MMR vaccine. In addition to the 131 measles cases in the outbreak, there were an additional five unrelated measles cases reported during the same time period.

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The Walt Disney Birthplace invites you to join us for an evening of magic, featuring Disney Legend Paige O’Hara, the voice of Belle from Disney’s Academy Award- winning Beauty and The Beast! This exclusive dinner event will feature the musical performances of Michael-Leon Wooley, the voice of Louis the Alligator from Disney’s Academy Award-nominated The Princess and The Frog, and his hand-picked cast of Broadway stars!

This musical Disney celebration will take place at the glamorous Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. You’ll enjoy cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, and a night of simply unforgettable live entertainment. All proceeds from this very special event will help fund the ongoing restoration of the historic Walt Disney Birthplace!

The Center for Early Childhood Creativity and Innovation at The Walt Disney Birthplace (CECCI) is not only coordinating the restoration of Walt’s historic birthplace, but also supports arts education for children. CECCI is inspired by Walt Disney and his phenomenal legacy and we are fortunate to have the support of wonderful artists who have also been inspired by Walt.

One of those tremendous artists is Shane Grammer, a themed entertainment industry professional and former Imagineer, who has very generously created a spectacular one-of-a-kind painting of Mickey Mouse for bid at our silent auction. You can own this gorgeous tribute to Walt’s most iconic creation, but only if you attend this amazing event!

Purchase your tickets today at wdbspring.eventzilla.net

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The Empire has fallen. It is now a time for resurgence. It is a time for new beginnings. This September, Marvel Comics and Lucasfilm are excited to present the newest chapter of the Star Wars mythos with Star Wars: Journey to The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire written by comic book legend, Greg Rucka (Cyclops) with art by Marco Checchetto (Avengers World).

Created in close partnership with Lucasfilm, this new Marvel Comics limited series will exist as part of the canon for the Star Wars universe and will offer a glimpse into December’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

“The world has been wondering what happened after the fall of the Empire since the credits first rolled on ‘Return of the Jedi’ in 1983,” says series editor Jordan D. White. “Now, on the dawn of the next chapter of the saga, we’re incredibly proud to be involved in revealing the events that happen immediately following the end of ‘Return of the Jedi’!”

Once again, Marvel brings the biggest creators in the industry to the biggest characters in a galaxy far, far away. Be there when the Star Wars line expands this September in Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens – Shattered Empire #1!

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EW reports indicate that John Ridley, the man behind the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave and ABC’s American Crime, is developing a Marvel series for ABC.

The details of the project are unknown but it is described as a reinvention of an existing Marvel superhero character or property.

Ridley’s American Crime is not performing well for ABC, but ABC head Paul Lee wants to remain in business with the Oscar winning producer.

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You know him. You love him. Prepare to see a side of him you’ve never seen before as the galaxy’s smoothest gambler, entrepreneur, and smuggler gets his very own series! Today, Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfillm Ltd. are pleased to announce LANDO #1 – a brand new Star Wars limited series coming this July from Marvel Comics! Join Lando on his greatest caper ever as blockbuster creators Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine, Inhuman, She-Hulk) and Alex Maleev (Daredevil, Spider-Woman, Moon Knight) bring you a new tale of a scoundrel in his natural element – trouble!

“Is Lando Calrissian the coolest character in all of Star Wars? Depends on who you ask, probably. But if you ask me, the answer is yes, and I plan to prove it with this story,” says series writer Charles Soule.

Before he joined the rebellion, before he oversaw mining operations on Bespin – he was just Lando. Making his way in the galaxy and getting by on good looks, charm, and an ace up his sleeve (sometimes literally). With his cyborg aide Lobot at his side, Lando has plans to steal one of the galaxy’s most valuable ships. Yet even with his swindles and unparalleled swagger – has he bitten off more than he can chew?

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“Before Cloud City, before his glorious Death Star run,” continues Soule, “Lando Calrissian was just a man trying to make his way through an uncaring universe determined not to recognize that he was undeniably the coolest man in the galaxy. But Lando’s got a plan to change all that… and it starts with the deal of a lifetime.”

Created in close partnership with Lucasfilm, this new Marvel Comics limited series will exist as part of the canon for the Star Wars universe! Once again, Marvel brings the biggest creators in the industry to the biggest characters in a galaxy far, far away. Be there when the Star Wars line expands this July in LANDO #1!

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Channel your inner champion and brace yourself for this inspiring adventure based on a true story of underdogs triumphing over tremendous obstacles in McFarland USA on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack, Disney Movies Anywhere and Digital HD June 2nd! This moving story features Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves,” “The Untouchables), Morgan Saylor (TV’s “Homeland”) and Diana Maria Riva (“NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Castle”) amongst others in this touching tale displaying the power of family, commitment and work ethic that transforms a cross-county team into champions. Bonus features include McFarland Reflections, deleted scenes, extended scenes and more!

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Images from the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer have been released

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During a Senate Finance Committee hearing about Congress and U.S. Tariff Policy today, Sen. Pat Roberts’ cellphone interrupted Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The ring tone? “Let it Go” from Disney’s Frozen.

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Marvel Music and Hollywood Records will release the original motion picture digital soundtrack for Marvel’s  “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on April 28, 2015.  The physical CD will be available on May 19, 2015.  The score features music by Brian Tyler (Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” “Furious 7”) and Danny Elfman.  The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in theaters on May 1, 2015.

Brian Tyler has scored over 70 films and recently won Film Composer of the Year at the 2014 Cue Awards.  He has composed and conducted the scores for the Marvel hits Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” and Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” “Now You See Me,” “The Expendables,” “Furious 7,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Rambo,” and “Eagle Eye” produced by Steven Spielberg.  A three-time Emmy nominee, for television he scores the series “Scorpion,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “Sleepy Hollow.”  Tyler created the new theme music for ESPN’s NFL studio shows.  He was nominated for a 2014 BAFTA Games Award. He is currently scoring the film “Truth” starring Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes and Robert Redford as Dan Rather.

Danny Elfman has received Oscar® nominations for his scores for Gus Van Sant’s “Good Will Hunting” and “Milk,” Tim Burton’s “Big Fish,” and Barry Sonnenfeld’s “Men in Black.” Movie audiences worldwide have also heard Danny Elfman’s unique sound and style in over 80 film scores, including David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle” and Rob Marshall’s Academy Award-winning “Chicago.”  For more than 25 years, Tim Burton and Elfman have collaborated on some of the cinema’s most beloved and recognizable films and soundtracks, including “Beetlejuice,” “Batman,” “Edward Scissorhands,” and more recently “Alice in Wonderland” and “Big Eyes.” Elfman also collaborated with director Sam Raimi for “Oz The Great and Powerful” after composing original scores for the filmmaker’s blockbuster hits including “Spider-Man” and “Spider-Man 2.”  Due later this year, Elfman also scored the independent Sundance film “The End of the Tour.”