UCLA officials said Friday only one student remains quarantined on campus due to possible measles exposure, while less than 50 students and faculty “have elected to self-isolate” at home.
Hundreds of people who are students, faculty or recent visitors at Cal State Los Angeles also remain under quarantine orders.
Quarantines were announced this week at UCLA and Cal State Los Angeles in response to possible exposure to measles.
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said the county Department of Public Health had notified the university that a student had contracted the measles. He said the student attended classes at Franz Hall and Boelter Hall on April 2, 4 and 9 while contagious.
More than 500 UCLA students, faculty and staff were initially notified of possible exposure to the student. After a review of immunization records, that number was later narrowed to 76 students and six faculty members, and all were placed under quarantine orders.
“As of Friday morning, UCLA is able to report that one student remains in quarantine on campus,” according to the university. “There are now fewer than 50 students and faculty members who have yet to have their immunity status confirmed, and all have elected to self-isolate in their own off-campus residences.”
On Friday afternoon, county health officials said the specific numbers at UCLA as of Friday morning was 45 students and one faculty member who are under quarantine orders.
According to Cal State Los Angeles, the possible measles exposure happened at a campus library.
County health officials on Friday said that 215 workers at the library, including some students, were sent home under quarantine orders, and 183 of them remain under quarantine orders.
Another 660 people who were confirmed to have visited the library during an exposure period were also contacted on Thursday and given a blanket quarantine order, and of those, 445 remain under the order.
However, up to 2,000 people are estimated to visit the library daily, and health officials said they were working to identify anyone who may have been exposed, and a blanker order has been issued for anyone who was at the library during the exposure period.
L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said that the people who were identified as being at the library on April 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m were either workers, people who used the computers and people who checked out books.
“If you went to that library between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and you did none of those activities — you’re not a worker, you didn’t check out a book and you didn’t log onto the computer — we don’t know who you are. You need to self identify,” she said.
The latest local measles case was confirmed in a person who arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on April 18, was in the arrival area of Tom Bradley International Terminal that afternoon, and departed from Gate 37A, Terminal 3 later that night.
Other local potential measles exposures identified by county health officials are:
— LAX, Tom Bradley International Terminal, Gate 218 on April 1 from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
— UCLA’s Franz Hall on April 2, 4 and 9 and Boelter Hall on April 2 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m;
— Cal State Los Angeles’ main library, on April 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
— El Pollo Loco restaurant, 1939 Verdugo Blvd., La Canada Flintridge, on April 11 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.; and
— El Sauz Tacos, 4432 San Fernando Road, Glendale, on April 13 from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
People who may have been on-site at the date and time for any of the affected locations, may be at risk of developing measles for up to 21 days after being exposed.
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