Two major Los Angeles universities have instituted quarantines following a measles outbreak. The quarantine affects 200 students and staff members at the University of California and Cal State University.
“One person with a confirmed measles case can expose thousands of people to measles,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of public health for Los Angeles County, said at a news conference Thursday.
Los Angeles County public health officials are giving those on under quarantine up to 48 hours to prove immunity. Some persons could be quarantined for up to a week’s time.
The quarantine requires people under the order to remain at home and avoid any contact with others. They are to notify health officials if they develop symptoms of measles.
“Please be assured that we have the resources we need for prevention and treatment, and that we are working very closely with local public health officials on the matter,” UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said in a statement.
The media’s focus on measles cases is proving unrelenting.