Hundreds Of People At 2 LA Universities Quarantined Because Of Measles Exposure

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She didn't describe what penalties those who don't could face. And so they're dealing with an outbreak, and they're dealing with an exposure situation in a community where a lot of people come into contact with each other. He says fewer than 50 students and faculty members have isolated themselves at their houses off campus while officials determine if they've been vaccinated or have immunity. About 250 had been cleared by Friday after proving they are immune to the disease. She has covered sports, entertainment and many other beats in her journalism career, and has lived in NY for more than 6 years.

Dozens of people at two California universities have been quarantined as U.S. health officials battle to stop the spread of a nationwide measles outbreak, authorities said on Thursday. More than 200 university students and staff at UCLA and Cal State LA have been ordered into quarantine after potentially being exposed to the highly contagious disease.

ROTT: At UCLA, some students were initially quarantined on campus. Numerous case occurred in the states of NY and Washington.

The two students are among five cases of measles that have been reported in Los Angeles County this year, and though the efforts from the two universities drew criticism, the contagious nature of measles have left school administration little choice.

"We will likely see additional measles cases in Los Angeles County, so it is important if you or someone you know has the symptoms of measles or has been exposed to measles to contact your health-care provider by phone right away before seeking treatment", Los Angeles County Health Officer Muntu Davis said.

This year, California's cases stretch across 11 counties and affect patients from 5 months to 55 years of age.

Even President Trump - who has previously expressed anti-vaccination sentiments - urged Americans to be vaccinated, telling reporters Friday, "The vaccinations are so important".

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In response to outbreaks, lawmakers in states like California, Washington state and OR are moving to crack down on exemptions to vaccinating children, which have drawn emotional protests. Fourteen of those infected had traveled overseas to countries including the Philippines, Thailand, India and Ukraine.

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

For more information about measles, visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/measles or call 2-1-1. Four cases, classified as an outbreak, are linked to one global traveler, with a fifth unrelated case also connected to foreign travel. It can also remain on surfaces, health officials said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the vaccine for everyone over a year old, except for people who had the disease as children.

Ferrar says her agency is rapidly clearing people, a job made easier by laws requiring incoming students to have proof of vaccination at the UC's and the Cal States. Those who have had measles are immune.

"Quarantine for measles can be up to 21 days from the date of last exposure, at which time the exposed person is no longer a risk for developing the disease and spreading measles to others", the statement said. Measles symptoms may include fever, cough, runny nose, watery eyes and a rash of red spots.

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