Hundreds of students and staff were asked to stay home unless they could prove that they had received a vaccination for measles. The quarantine was issued after over five hundred students were exposed to the ailment.
One person, who had contracted measles, came in contact with over 500 people on the UCLA and CSU campuses. The universities were made aware after the LA County Department of Public Health notified them that an individual might have come in contact with other students while contagious.
After the discovery, the schools attempted to locate all persons, with whom said person came in contact with and requested that they remain off campus until proof of immunization could be provided.
Of those, dozens were able to prove immunity and were released from quarantine by Thursday afternoon. But 82 were still quarantined, and “a few may need to remain in quarantine for up to seven days,” the school said in a statement.
“Considering the time that has elapsed since the last possible exposure to the individual with measles on April 9, the highest risk period for developing measles has already passed — and the period during which symptoms may appear is nearing the end,” UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said.
At Cal State, 156 persons were quarantined after they couldn’t provide their immunization records, according to the Associated Press.
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Further, Los Angeles County declared on Monday that they are facing a Measles Outbreak, with international travel leading to five confirmed cases. According to the records, so far, this year, thirty-eight people have been infected with measles in California state officials have said.
As of Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was reporting 695 cases of measles from 22 states — the highest it’s been since measles was ostensibly “eliminated” from the country in 2000.