UCLA: 127 students and faculty quarantined due to measles case

Students walk past the Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex at the The Cal State University Los Angeles campus Thursday

State Quarantine orders issued at UCLA, Cal State LA 2:06 PM, Apr 25, 2019

This week, officials in Southern California warned they expect more measles cases to come after confirming five in Los Angeles.

Those under the quarantine were instructed to stay at home and avoid contact with others.

It also provided instructions on where to find this information. "This will be enforced by a Health Officer Order". "You need to self identify", she said. She didn't describe what penalties those who don't could face. Nineteen years and a burgeoning "anti-vax" movement later, and the country is experiencing the worst outbreak of the virus since its elimination.

"When they were like measles, I was like, 'What?"

More than 1,000 students and staff members at two U.S. universities have been quarantined or sent home in a bid to stop a measles outbreak. The quarantined individuals have not shown that they are immune.

An outbreak on UCLA's campus led university staff, working in tandem with city health staff, to quarantine 119 students and eight faculty members. All but 46 had been cleared by Friday.

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Both UCLA and Cal State LA have said the buildings affected no longer pose a threat to students.

Dozens of people at two California universities have been quarantined as United States health officials battle to stop the spread of a nationwide measles outbreak, authorities said on Thursday. Only one person remained there Friday.

At Cal State LA, 127 staff members and 71 student employees who work in the university library were sent home after an infected person spent time there earlier this month.

Officials at UCLA said a student contagious with measles attended classes for three days earlier this month, potentially putting hundreds at risk.

Asmall outbreak of measles is occurring in Los Angeles County involving five confirmed cases linked to overseas travel.

The number of cases of measles in California has more than doubled in the last week, from 15 to 38, said the state Department of Public Health.

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Health officials also said a passenger who flew into and out of Los Angeles International Airport on April 18 has been confirmed to have measles, the fourth such case at the airport. More than three-quarters of California's known measles patients were either not vaccinated or did not receive the recommended two doses of vaccine.

Fourteen of those infected had traveled overseas to countries including Philippines, Thailand, India and Ukraine.

In response to outbreaks, lawmakers in states like California, Washington state and OR are moving to crack down on exemptions to vaccinating children, which have drawn emotional protests. On Friday, President Donald Trump urged everyone to get vaccinated. Most of the NY cases have been unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities.

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Common symptoms associated with measles include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and a rash which usually appears 10 to 21 days after exposure.

Anyone who develops measles symptoms should contact their doctor by phone before visiting their doctor's office.

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Although California has a relatively high rate of vaccinations against measles - 95% of children entering kindergarten have been vaccinated - those who haven't still pose a risk to the public, Smith said.

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