AP Exclusive: Disney gave wording suggestions to health officials during measles outbreak

Associated Press

At the height of the measles outbreak, Disneyland executives sent a series of emails to California health officials asking them to emphasize that the theme park was not responsible for the illnesses and was safe to visit.

And health officials incorporated at least some of those suggestions in their public statements about the outbreak.

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The emails were obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.

There is no evidence Disneyland tried to downplay the seriousness of the outbreak or mislead the public. Nor is it unusual for companies to try to get their concerns across to public officials during a crisis.

But the emails show the extent to which Disneyland was worried about the effect of the outbreak.