New measles case tied to UCLA food court

UCLA employee may have spread measles at campus food court

UCLA employee may have spread measles at campus food court

A UCLA employee who contracted measles may have exposed students and others to the highly contagious disease, according to campus officials.

There have been 12 measles cases among Los Angeles County residents in 2019, in addition to eight non-resident measles cases among people who traveled through the county. This case is not related to the previous measles exposure at UCLA, according to a LADPH press release.

Anyone who may have been at this 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.

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 U.S. every year, with about 500 annual deaths. About 90% of people who have never been immunized against measles become ill 7-21 days after exposure.

"If they do not know their immunity status for measles or they have not been vaccinated they need to monitor themselves", she says. Common symptoms of measles include fever, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis (red eyes) and a rash.

Symptoms may appear starting from seven days after the first exposure to 21 days after the last exposure, according to the state health department.

Public Health interviews all persons with measles in the county to identify who may have come in contact with them, in order to try to prevent further spread of measles.

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

'Campus epidemiologists and top health experts have been working closely with the county public health department to ensure that all who might be affected receive notifications and proper care, ' said UCLA administrative vice chancellor Michael Beck in a statement.

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