Two Los Angeles Universities Under Quarantine amid Measles Outbreak

UCLA and Cal State L.A. have quarantined more than 400 students and staff after two unvaccinated college students were diagnosed with measles.

Measles symptoms include high fever, a cough, and a rash. At the time of publishing, the Department of Public Health determined that none of the students in quarantine were exhibiting symptoms. 

Nevertheless, extreme measures were taken when the two students could not provide proof of their vaccinations. Nearly 200 staff at the California State University are quarantined. 

In addition, 207 students and staff were quarantined at UCLA. Barbara Ferrer, director of the LA County Department of Public Health, warned

"One person could possibly infect a thousand people. We've issued dozens of quarantine orders already, and we will continue throughout the outbreak to assess when we need to issue more of them."

The quarantine in Los Angeles follows after seven separate outbreaks were reported in six states during 2019 alone, making this one of the worst years for measles.

Nearly 700 cases – around 323 more than occurred in all of 2018 – had been reported across the States this year, and that figure is expected to rise. 

In addition, a ten-year Danish study, based on information collected from 657,471 children, confirmed that there is no link between the measles vaccine and autism. 

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