New measles case tied to UCLA food court

Henrietta Strickland
July 11, 2019

'Upon learning of the situation, UCLA identified and notified employees who may have come into contact or who may have otherwise been exposed'.

Officials don't think the infant exposed the public to the disease.

This year, the United States has seen the most cases since 1992 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Anyone at that location on those dates may be at risk of developing measles for up to 21 days after being exposed.

People who believe they may have been exposed should call a health-care provider.

People who develop possible symptoms, such as illness with fever or an unexplained rash, should stay home and call their health care provider.

Of those cases, at least 55 have been confirmed in California, 12 being in Los Angeles County.

Before the measles vaccine was available, more than 500,000 cases were diagnosed in the USA every year, with about 500 annual deaths.

The Court of Sciences Student Center was identified as a possible measles exposure site after a UCLA employee was confirmed to have contracted the disease, according to a campuswide email sent by Administrative Vice Chancellor Michael Beck on Tuesday. About 90% of people who have never been immunized against measles become ill 7-21 days after exposure.

The County Health Department says the infected person may have spread the virus to unvaccinated people at four locations in Traverse City-including Walmart, the Department of Human Services, Munson Family Practice and the Munson Medical Center Emergency Room.

Symptoms may appear starting from seven days after the first exposure to 21 days after the last exposure, according to the state health department. They should also tell their doctor or other healthcare provider if they traveled internationally or had worldwide visitors in the last 21 days or had exposure to another person with measles.

Measles immunizations are available at healthcare providers, local pharmacy or health clinic.

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