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03 May 2019

Los Angeles is getting tough on measles and ramping up its efforts to contain the spread of the disease in the face of a growing number of cases and continued resistance by some people to get vaccinated.

More than 900 students and staff at two LA universities were recently quarantined on campus or sent home as public health authorities take decisive action as measles cases reach a 25-year high in the United States.

The University of University of California, Los Angeles, and California State University, Los Angeles together have more than 65,000 students, and together they took serious action to reflect the graveness of the outbreak.

Officials later reported that two days after Los Angeles County ordered the precautions, about 200 of those affected had been cleared to return. But first they had to prove their immunity to measles, either through medical records or tests.

Others who remained under quarantine were told to stay at home and avoid contact with others.

“Measles actually kills people,” said Dr Armand Dorian, Chief Medical Officer at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.

“So we have to take that really seriously.”

The number of measles cases in the U.S. has climbed to nearly 700 this year, including five in Los Angeles County and 38 across the State of California.

The outbreak is blamed largely on parents not getting their children vaccinated against the disease.


Published: 03 May 2019