New Measles Case Confirmed At UCLA, Potential Exposure To Students, Staff And Visitors This Month

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Health officials are warning residents of another Los Angeles measles case with potential exposure to students, staff and visitors at UCLA this month.
 Measles Outbreak

A campus employee tested positive for the infection after dining at a campus food court on July 2 and 3m according to the County of Los Angeles Public Health Department. The staffer may have exposed others to the disease while eating lunch at the Court of Sciences food court — also known on campus as The Bomb Shelter between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. both days.

 

It’s the second time an outbreak affected the UCLA campus this year, but the latest case is not related to the earlier outbreak, which authorities managed to contain. So far this year, 12 Los Angeles County residents have contracted the illness along with eight others who traveled through the county while infected. The majority of the cases were people who were unvaccinated, officials said. The earlier cases triggered a massive quarantine effort at the university.

People who think they may have been exposed were urged to check their immunization history and contact their health care provider by phone, particularly if they are pregnant or have a weakened immune system.
People who develop possible symptoms, such as illness with fever or an unexplained rash, should stay home and call their health care provider.

Officials added there was no known current risk related to measles at the campus, and the case is not related to previous measles exposure at UCLA.

Anyone who may have been at the food court location on the possible exposure dates may be at risk of developing measles for up to 21 days after being exposed.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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