More than 1,000 students and staff members at two Los Angeles universities quarantine; but on campus or sent home this week in one of the most sweeping efforts yet by public health authorities; to contain the spread of measles in the U.S., where cases have reached a 25-year high .
By Friday afternoon, two days after Los Angeles County ordered the precautions; about 325 of those affect was clear; but return after proving their immunity to the disease, through either medical records or tests, health officials said. The action at the University of University of California, Los Angeles; and California State University, Los Angeles—which together have more than 65,000 students reflected; the seriousness with which public health officials are taking the nation’s outbreak.
Traveling by public transportation
“Measles actually kills people, so we have to take that really seriously,” said Dr. Armand Dorian, chief medical officer at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital. Those under the quarantine were instruct to stay at home and avoid contact with others. They also were barr from traveling by public transportation; including planes, trains, buses or taxis. If they must travel for an emergency; notifying public health officials first.
“This is a legally binding order,” the county’s public health director, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, told reporters. A man on a scooter passes the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on the campus of the University of California; Los Angeles Friday, April 26, 2019. Some students and employees possibly exposed to measles at two Los Angeles universities; quarantine on campus or told to stay home Friday; but the numbers were dwindling as people show they were vaccinating for the highly contagious disease. The measures were order this week at UCLA and California State University, Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
The number of measles cases
Anyone who violates it could be prosecute, she said; but add that it appears everyone is cooperating so far. She didn’t describe what penalties those who don’t could face. The number of measles cases in the U.S. has climbed to nearly 700 this year, including five in Los Angeles County and 38 altogether in California. The surge is blame largely on parents not getting their children vaccinating; because of misinformation about the supposed dangers.
Still, several students at Cal State-LA were shock; that their campus hit a measles outbreak. “When they were like measles; I was like, ‘What? Where did that come from,'” said Sergio Dula, a communications major. Eden Guerra, a kinesiology major, was surprised classes were not canceled, noting, “This is like serious, like it’s life, you know.”
A quarantine area
Cal State-LA reported 875 students, staff, faculty and visitors were placed under quarantine; after possibly being exposed to measles earlier this month. About 250 had been cleared by Friday after proving they are immune to the disease. At UCLA, 129 students and faculty were quarantined. All but 46 had been cleared by Friday. Cal State-LA is primarily a commuter school, while many UCLA students live on campus. Some UCLA students were provided a quarantine area to stay in, university officials said, though they gave no details. Only one person remained there Friday.
Those covered by the quarantine were singled out based on their possible exposure to either an infected UCLA student who had attended classes in two buildings on three days earlier this month, or a person with measles who visited a Cal State-LA library on April 11, officials said.