On Wednesday and Thursday, more than 200 university students and employees in Los Angeles received quarantine orders just days after a measles outbreak was declared in Los Angeles County.
U.C.L.A. and California State University, Los Angeles, have been working with County Health Officers to identify and contact students and employees who may have been exposed to measles this month.
Those who risk having contracted with measles received health personnel orders – legal orders issued by county officials – to stay at home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible.
“At this time, 127 employees and 71 students have been sent home in quarantine orders,” the university said in an e-mail statement on Thursday evening.
At UCLA, a student who had contrasted measles participated in classes in two university buildings on April 2, April 4 and April 9 while contagious, Chancellor Gene D. Block said in a statement from 19459006 on Wednesday.
“Upon learningin this incident, U.C.L.A. immediately identified and reported more than 500 students, faculties and employees with whom the student may have come in contact or who has otherwise been exposed,” says Dr. Block.
He added that most of these people were cleared, but 119 students and eight faculty members did not have the necessary records immediately available, so members of the quarantine issued quarantine orders on Wednesday.
“We have arranged for those who live on campus to be cared for at UCLA
“We expect the trend to continue, as more people provide evidence of immunization or show that they have immunity to measles,” the university says.
Quarantine orders may be up to 21 days from the date of any exposure The quarantine period for UCLA ends on April 30, and the one for California State of Los Angeles ends May 2, said the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Thursday.
The department believes that additional measles exposures may have occurred this month at Los Angeles International Airport and at several restaurants near Glendale.
Measles is an extremely infectious virus that can cause serious respiratory symptoms, rash and fever. In some cases, especially in infants and young children, the consequences can be difficult. Pneumonia and encephalitis – swelling of the brain – are the most common serious complications.
A single case of measles can quickly spiral into an outbreak, especially because people may not know they have the disease for weeks before they begin to show symptoms.
People who make contract brass masses often seek hospital care, where they can potentially transmit the disease to other patients, especially those with immune deficiencies. Infants usually do not receive measles vaccinations until they are about 1 year old and are therefore very vulnerable. Some elderly people are also at high risk, as are patients taking drugs that affect the immune system, such as those treated for arthritis.