Hundreds Quarantined for Measles at Two Los Angeles Universities
Alert comes just days after a measles outbreak was declared in Los Angeles County
FRIDAY, April 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Quarantine orders have been issued to more than 200 students and employees at the University of California, Los Angeles, and California State-Los Angeles because they may have been exposed to measles.
These orders come just days after a measles outbreak was declared in Los Angeles County, The New York Times reported. At California State-Los Angeles, county officials issued quarantine orders to people who may have been exposed to a contagious person who visited a university library on April 11. According to the university, 127 staff employees and 71 students have been sent home under quarantine orders.
At UCLA, a student with measles went to classes in two buildings on April 2, 4, and 9 while contagious, according to Chancellor Gene Block. "Upon learning of this incident, UCLA immediately identified and notified more than 500 students, faculty, and staff with whom the student may have come into contact or who may have otherwise been exposed," Block added. Initially, 119 students and eight faculty members were issued quarantine orders. By late Thursday, the number of students and staff under quarantine was 82.
The quarantine period ends on April 30 for UCLA and on May 2 for California State-Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said. It also said that other measles exposures may have occurred this month at Los Angeles International Airport and at several restaurants near Glendale, The Times reported.