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Amid Measles Outbreak, Quarantine Is Ordered at U.C.L.A. and California State-Los Angeles



More than 200 college students and students in Los Angeles were given a quarantine order on Wednesday and Thursday, just days after a rubella outbreak was declared in Los Angeles County

U.C.L.A. and California State University, Los Angeles, have been working with county health officials to identify and contact students and employees who may have been exposed to this year's measles

Those at risk of having contracted measles were given health officer orders – legal orders issued by county officials – to stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible

At California State-Los Angeles, quarantine orders were issued on Thursday in response to potential exposures to a contagious person who visited a university library on April 11.

In another statement on Thursday, the university said it had cleared 43 more students and two faculty members, reducing the number of people under quarantine there to 82.

"We expect the trend to continue as more people provide proof of immunization or are shown by tests to have immunity to measles," the university said.

Quarantine orders can last up to 21 days from the date of possible exposure. The quarantine period for U.C.L.A. ending on April 30, and the one for California State-Los Angeles, ends on May 2, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said Thursday

The department believes additional rubella exposures may have occurred this month at Los Angeles International Airport and at several restaurants near Glendale.

Measles is an extremely contagious virus that can cause serious respiratory symptoms, rash and fever. In some cases, especially in babies and young children, the consequences can be severe. Pneumonia and encephalitis – the swelling of the brain – are the most common severe complications.

A single case of the measles can quickly spiral into an outbreak, especially since people may not know they have the illness for several weeks before they begin to show symptoms

People who contract a measles often seek medical care at hospitals, where they can potentially transmit the disease to other patients, especially those with compromised immune systems. Infants typically do not receive measles vaccinations until they are about 1 year old and therefore are highly vulnerable.


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