A Measles Outbreak Is Plaguing Two LA Colleges

Grant Boone
April 28, 2019

Most people have been cleared, the chancellor said, "but we are still awaiting medical records from 119 students and eight faculty members to determine whether they are immune to the measles".

"Like, I've been itchy and I'm like, 'do I have measles?' I've been super anxious", said Sarah Kiamanesh, a UCLA student. We have arranged for those who live on campus to be served at UCLA while in quarantine.

Separately, UCLA said it screened more than 500 students, faculty and staff who may have come into contact with a student who contracted measles.

The quarantine orders apply only to those who may have come in contact with the virus and can not show documented proof of vaccinations.

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a statement confirming a total of 695 cases of measles in 22 states.

While the quarantine effort at Cal State L.A. was initially much larger, the number of those who are still under the order has dropped each day as more vaccination records arrive, the school told the Times.

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The measles virus is airborne, transmitted by respiratory droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of an infected person.

"We expect that those notified will be quarantined for approximately 24-48 hours until their proof of immunity is established". Some may need to remain in quarantine for up to seven days, UCLA officials said. At present, there is no risk of contracting measles at the library, CSU said in a statement. They also were barred from traveling by public transportation, including planes, trains, buses or taxis.

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. In 2015, the California university system created a rule requiring students to be fully vaccinated before enrolling at campus, but they did not begin enforcing that regulation until previous year.

The county's public health director, Dr Barbara Ferrer, said the measures were legally binding and anyone violating them could be prosecuted.

Figures in the political establishment like Trump-who has courted the anti-vaccine zealots and spread their unsubstantiated and antiscientific claims while only commenting briefly when measles cases soared to record numbers-are placing the population in danger of the reemergence of measles and other diseases long thought to be eradicated in North America. The CDC says this is the greatest number of cases reported in the United States since measles was eliminated from this country in 2000.

The latest local measles case was confirmed in a person who arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on April 18, was in the arrival area of Tom Bradley International Terminal that afternoon, and departed from Gate 37A, Terminal 3 later that night. The university's authorities raised the alarm over a potential outbreak of the highly infectious disease on its campuses after it was discovered that one of the students was contagious when going to classes early April. "Make sure you and your family are fully immunized before traveling internationally". The current national epidemic has been linked to orthodox Jewish communities in New York City and an unrelated outbreak in Washington State, according to the New York Times.

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