April 26, 2019
Measles: What You Should Know
Update from UCLA, Office of the Administrative Vice Chancellor
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
To the Campus Community:
UCLA is pleased to announce that all UCLA faculty and students who were quarantined last week due to potential exposure to a student with the measles have been released from quarantine, with no additional cases. Quarantined students and faculty were cleared as a result of either verifying their immunity or because they are no longer at risk of contracting the measles from the one infected student since the incubation period has passed.
UCLA has been working closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health since learning of the single case last week. We would like to thank all of the members of our community who assisted with this effort, particularly those who worked to comply with the quarantine order when issued.
We join Chancellor Block in strongly encouraging all members of our community to ensure they are fully vaccinated against measles and other highly preventable and contagious diseases. For anyone who is concerned they may not have received the standard two-vaccine series needed, students can visit the Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center for immunization and faculty and staff should contact their medical providers. More information about measles and the vaccines can be found below and at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website.
Michael J. Beck
Administrative Vice Chancellor
Monroe Gorden, Jr.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
According to the Los Angeles Department of Health Services:
“We will likely see additional measles cases in Los Angeles County, so it is important if you or someone you know has the symptoms of measles or has been exposed to measles to contact your healthcare provider by phone right away before seeking treatment,“ said Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, Los Angeles County Health Officer. “The best way to protect yourself and prevent the spread of measles is to get the immunization, with two doses of measles immunization being about 97 percent effective at preventing measles.”
With widespread outbreaks of measles happening in the United States and internationally, and local cases transmitted within Los Angeles County, the chance of exposure to measles is increased at this time.
Measles is a highly contagious viral infection spreads from person-to-person. A person with measles can spread the disease to others even before they have any symptoms. Most people who have not been immunized against measles will get it if they have contact with the virus.
The best way to keep from getting and spreading measles is to get the measles immunization. Measles immunization is available at your doctor’s office, local pharmacy or health clinic. Public Health clinics offer no or low-cost immunizations for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured.
If you think that you or someone in your family has measles or has been exposed to measles, contact your doctor's office by phone right away. Tell them that you might have measles before you go in, so they can take steps to prevent other patients and staff from being exposed.
Measles can cause these signs of disease:
High Fever (over 101°F)
Red watery eyes
A rash that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body
Measles is spread through a cough or sneeze by a person with measles and can still infect others 2 hours after the infected person has left a room. Persons with measles are contagious from 4 days before until 4 days after the rash appears. The incubation period for developing measles is up to 21 days after being exposed to someone else who has the disease.
Public Health Working for You
In response to the measles cases that have occurred in Los Angeles County, Public Health has mounted effective public health strategies to control the spread of this disease, including
- Identifying contacts and protecting them with active or passive immunization when possible, as well as limiting their activities when necessary to prevent possible spread to others;
- Isolating people who are infectious to prevent the spread of measles to others;
- Strongly advising not immunized individuals to receive the measles immunization; and
Notifying the public through postings and local media of specific public locations where measles cases have occurred.
For the most current information on Measles cases in Los Angeles: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/measles/