Hundreds of people were quarantined at two universities in Los Angeles (LA) in the United States last week as authorities stepped up efforts to reduce the potential spread of measles among students and university staff.
Authorities quarantined 119 students and eight faculty members at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) after it emerged a student at the university had contracted measles. More than 600 students and staff at California State University Los Angeles (Cal State LA) were quarantined after the authorities identified the university’s library as one of several sites where measles exposure may have occurred.
Those exposed to a confirmed measles case were asked to provide evidence of two doses of measles immunisations or lab-verified immunity to measles before being cleared. Where this evidence was absent, mandates were issued for individuals to remain in their homes and to avoid contact with others until either the end of their quarantine period or until they could provide proof of immunity.
It comes as health authorities voice concern over a surge in measles cases. Earlier this month, the World Health Organization said preliminary global data show reported measles cases increased by 300 per cent in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018.