Quarantine orders have been issued to more than 200 students and employees at the University of California, Los Angeles, and California State-Los Angeles because they may have been exposed to measles.
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This comes just days after a measles outbreak was declared in Los Angeles County, The New York Times reported.
At California State-Los Angeles, county officials issued quarantine orders to people who may have been exposed to a contagious person who visited a university library on April 11.
“At this point, 127 staff employees and 71 student employees have been sent home under quarantine orders,” the university said Thursday night, The Times reported.
At UCLA, a student with measles went to classes in two buildings on April 2, 4 and 9 while contagious, according to Chancellor Gene Block.
“Upon learning of this incident, UCLA immediately identified and notified more than 500 students, faculty and staff with whom the student may have come into contact or who may have otherwise been exposed,” Block said in a statement, The Times reported.
Initially, 119 students and eight faculty members were issued quarantine orders. By late Thursday, the number of students and staff under quarantine was 82.
“We expect the trend to continue as more people provide proof of immunization or are shown by tests to have immunity to measles,” according to the university, The Times reported.
The quarantine period ends on April 30 for UCLA and on May 2 for California State-Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said.
It also said that other measles exposures may have occurred this month at Los Angeles International Airport and at several restaurants near Glendale, The Times reported.
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