Measles quarantine orders at 2 LA universities

Hundreds of students and staff at two Los Angeles universities including Cal State University have been placed under quarantine because they

On Friday afternoon, county health officials said the specific numbers at UCLA as of Friday morning was 45 students and one faculty member who are under quarantine orders. The student attended classes in the Franz and Boelter classrooms for three days, on April 2, 4 and 9, while he was in the contagion phase, Block said. In Los Angeles, health officials say more than 650 people may have been exposed to the virus at two universities.

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.

Cal State-LA reported 875 students, staff, faculty and visitors were placed under quarantine after possibly being exposed to measles earlier this month.

"Most of those individuals have since been cleared, but we are still awaiting medical records from 119 students and eight faculty members to determine whether they are immune to the measles", Block wrote in a message to the UCLA community. That number was rapidly reduced as people established proof of immunity.

This is the fifth non-resident case Public Health has investigated this year that traveled through LA County and is unrelated to the four non-resident cases that traveled through Los Angeles County earlier this year.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday urged Americans to protect themselves with the measles vaccination as the number of cases of the once-eradicated disease hit the highest levels in the United States since 2000.

The measures were ordered this week at the University of California, Los Angeles, and California State University, Los Angeles, after health officials determined that two infected people visited buildings on the sprawling campuses this month.

Story courtesy of KABC.

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Meanwhile, state public health officials on Thursday urged Californians to make sure they have been vaccinated against measles before traveling, especially to global locations.

The orders come amid a small outbreak of measles in Los Angeles County involving five confirmed cases linked to overseas travel.

California has confirmed 38 cases, state health officials have said.

Almost 700 cases have been confirmed by federal health officials so far this year in a resurgence that has so far been concentrated in a handful of states, including New York, Washington, Michigan, New Jersey and California.

Scientific, peer-reviewed studies time and time again have indicated that vaccines are not harmful to humans and help us live many, many years longer. Fourteen of those infected had traveled overseas to countries including the Philippines, Thailand, India and Ukraine.

More than 76 per cent of patients were not vaccinated or did not receive the recommended two doses of vaccine, Smith said.

The US has confirmed 695 cases of measles, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. The schools said they're trying to identify anyone the infected persons may have exposed. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn and ordered individuals who have not been vaccinated for measles or to face a $1,000 fine.

The virus usually causes a fever, runny nose and rash but a small number of cases can lead to deadly complications.

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